(Update: Boat Found) Coast Guard remains hopeful in finding NFL players, boaters

March 2, 2009

Update 2: Survivor Nick Schuyler, a former University of South Florida player, told rescuers that the 21-foot boat was anchored when it flipped Saturday evening in rough seas and that the others got separated from the boat, Coast Guard Capt. Timothy M. Close said. Schuyler, who was wearing a life vest, had been clinging to the boat since then.

Update: MSNBC reports that the Coast Guard has now confirmed that the boat they found is indeed the boat that carried Corey Smith and Marquis Cooper. One person was found clinging to the capsized boat. The Coast Guard confirms that the person found with the capsized boat is Nick Skyler, a former football player at the University of South Florida. The Coast Guard is still searching the water for the other three missing people.

The four people, including two NFL players, DE Corey Smith of the Detroit Lions and LB Marquis Cooper of the Oakland Raiders, who went on a fishing trip in the Gulf of Mexico,remain missing since Saturday evening. But the Coast Guard remains hopeful they can be found, operating on the theory that the men are still on the boat and it’s drifting on the open water.The boat manufacturer, according to an MSNBC report, said that even if the boat capsized, it would not sink. Because the Coast Guard has yet to find any sign of the boat, the belief is that they haven’t searched the proper area yet. The Coast Guard is widening its search to a 10,000-square mile area and “following their drift pattern to the north.” MSNBC said the Coast Guard is using “considerable resources” to find the men and that the U.S. Air Force has also joined the search.


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