University student’s body found off Pacific coast

Searchers found the body Friday of an Atlanta, Georgia, university student who was swept away by a rip tide in Dominical Tuesday.

He was Erik L. Downes, 20, of Cape Coral, Florida. The body was found off Playa Piñuelas, Oglethorpe University announced.

Students and faculty members were in Costa Rica for a short-term ecotourism study abroad trip. A premed major, Downes served as vice president of the Student Government Association and led the Student Senate, the university said. Downes was graduated from the Canterbury School in Fort Myers, Fla.

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