Missing crewman's body found off Egmont Key

- Deputies say the body found off Egmont Key this afternoon is Andrew Dillman, one of two swimmers missing since last week.

Jie Luo, an international student from Colorado State University, disappeared off the coast of Pass-a-Grille last Tuesday evening. He and 14 classmates had chartered a 71-foot yacht for spring break.

Luo went swimming in the choppy water with four other students. The current pulled the students from the boat, and all but Luo were able to make it back to the boat.

Dillman, a crewmember aboard the yacht, jumped in to rescue Luo, but he too, was not able to make it back to the boat.

Authorities believe both Dillman, 27, and Luo, 21, were swept away in the rough waters and strong current. Several agencies searched for days, but the bodies were not found.

The Coast Guard confirmed that a passer-by spotted a body off Egmont today and alerted authorities.  A sheriff's office boat brought the body to the Fort DeSoto boat ramp.

This evening, deputies confirmed it was Dillman.

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