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By Chris Chan
|  Sunday, Aug 9, 2009  |  Updated 2:39 PM PDT
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Lifeguards Recover Body of Missing Man

Officials said two men jumped off the Bahia Belle ferry together, and then a third man followed.

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Lifeguards Recover Body of Missing Man

Lifeguard divers have recovered the body of a man who jumped off a bay cruise late Saturday night.
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The man who lifeguards say jumped off a dinner cruise boat has been identified as 28-year-old Sean Rae of La Jolla. He was a graduate student who attended San Diego State University. School officials confirm he was a student in the university's School of Business.

Rae and two others jumped off the vessel around midnight Saturday lifeguards said. His friends made it back to shore. Rae's body was recovered between Bahia Point and El Carmel Point just before 5 p.m. Sunday. He was found in about 15-feet of water, 100-yards offshore, according to lifeguard Lt. Nick Lerma.

According to Rae's LinkedIn profile, he was working on his MBA after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. The profile lists Rae's interests include surfing.

At 11:40 p.m. Saturday night, the man and two friends jumped off the Bahia Belle, a ferry boat that tours Mission Bay from the Bahia Resort. Officials said two men jumped off together and then a third. 

"We were told that he did a flip into the water and landed in a belly flop fashion," said San Diego Lifeguard Lieutenant Nick Lerma. Lerma said the three had been drinking and were intoxicated.

Lifeguards initially began searching for the man with snorkels and masks. Eventually, dive teams from 11 different lifeguard agencies participated in the search, including Encinitas, Del Mar and State Parks. 

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