Divers return to the ocean at Torrey Pines State Beach Wednesday, in the hopes of recovering the body of a missing teenager who likely died trying to save his girlfriend.
More than a dozen divers, including state and Del Mar lifeguards, will head out first thing in the morning for one last exhaustive search for Troy Le.
For Le’s father, the reality is crushing. "Even if he pass I just want to see his body and bring home,” Thao Le said. “I want to do it a funeral for my only son."
The 18-year old graduate of Mission Bay High School was last seen Saturday in open water pushing a boogie board toward his girlfriend who had been pulled out to sea by a rip current. Le went after her even though he didn't know how to swim, either.
Jessica Eung, a freshman tennis player at Grossmont College, was lifeless and unconscious as she was pulled from the ocean by a lifeguard. Eung remains in critical condition at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla. Friends of Jessica say her progress in the hospital's intensive care unit is slow, but steady.
Le is presumed dead. Friends and loved ones are struggling for closure but holding onto the fact he was a guy who would do and did anything for those he loved.
"Troy Le is a hero, Troy Le is a hero,” said Grossmont College Athletic Director Jim Spillers. “I'm just hoping Jessica pulls through this and Troy is remembered as being heroic in this."
Lifeguards say Lee and Eung were pulled some 75 yards out into the ocean.
They say rip currents can be extremely dangerous and even the strongest swimmers can struggle to break free from one.