ST. PETE BEACH, FL (CBS4) – A Colorado State University student is missing on a spring break trip to Florida.
Jie Luo, 21, from China was reported missing Tuesday night.
Jie was one of fifteen students who rented a 71-foot charter boat for a trip from the St. Petersburg area.
While out, five of the students jumped into the water to swim in the Gulf of Mexico when the boat was anchored.
Only four made it back.
Andrew Dillman, 27, the first mate of the boat, also jumped in to help Jie, and is now also missing.
Deputies believe the men were caught in the fast moving current and were not wearing life vests.
Statement From CSU:
“The safety and well-being of our students is our top priority and we are very concerned to hear of what has happened in Florida. We are gathering details and when we learn more from law enforcement, we will share information that we are able to provide. The U. S. Coast Guard has identified one of the men they are searching for as Jie Luo, 21, from China. Jie Luo is a current student at Colorado State University, a senior business major studying finance and real estate. The thoughts and hope of our CSU community are for the safety of our students involved in this incident, with the missing student and charter mate and families and friends of those involved, and for the safety of rescue crews who are involved in the search.”