Officials have stopped the search and rescue operations for the missing student and yacht crew member after strong currents of water swept them away in the channel of Pass-A-Grille.
The student was a part of a group from Colorado State University that went on a spring break yacht trip on March 14 at Shell Key, Pinellas County, Florida. During the trip, five students agreed to a swimming activity.
The missing people were identified as Jie Luo, a senior student of CSU, and Andrew Dillman, a charter boat crew. It was reported that the spring break yacht accident began to happen when Luo was not able to jump back aboard the 71-foot charter yacht due to the strong gust of winds and rough waters.
Dillman was said to have jumped out to the waters in attempts to rescue the student. The other four students who swam with Luo were saved by the boat’s captain. The captain, Todd Davis, tried to save Dillman by tossing off a flotation apparatus to him but the wind blew it in the opposite direction.
The investigation team thinks that the missing persons were caught in a strong-pulling current which probably dragged them toward the nearby gulf. Officials have also noticed the presence of alcohol in the vessel as there were bottles of it emptied out.
Davis recalled giving out a warning to those on board not to jump out and swim. However, the survivors of the tragic spring break yacht accident disproved his statement.
Subsequent to the unsuccessful search and rescue operation, a recovery mission has been launched. However, the mission has been met with no success and the authorities decided to discontinue and end the operation.