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US Coast Guard Finds Missing Boat And Rescues 1 Football Player

by: AnthonyP On  Monday, March 2, 2009

Total Pro Sports -  On Saturday afternoon a fishing boat owned by Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper went missing off the coast of Clearwater, Florida.  On the boat with Cooper were 3 other football players including, free-agent defensive lineman Corey Smith, two former South Florida players William Bleakley and Nick Schuyler.

Today the US Coast Guard has found Nich Schuyler hanging on to the overturned fishing boat,

“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, Capt. Timothy M. Close said. Since then, Schuyler, who was wearing a life vest, had been hanging onto the boat found by a Coast Guard cutter 35 miles off Clearwater.”

Nich Schuyler was consious when resuced and flown by helicopter to Tampa General Hospital.

Schuyler’s mother, Marsha Schuyler, said her son told her that he survived by thinking about how he didn’t want her to go to his funeral.

The family’s joy at him being found alive was tempered by the search for his friends.

“We still have three men missing, and we’re not going to talk too much until we find these guys,” said his father, Stuart Schuyler. “We’re all praying for them. These guys are all very close friends.”

Close said the Coast Guard would search for the men for “quite a while.”

After rescuing Nich Schuyler he told authorities during his rescue that all of the boaters were alive and together at about 2 a.m. Monday, but somehow got separated.

We pray that the other 3 men are still alive and can be rescued.

Coast Guard Finds Missing Boat, One Survivor (Update) – [Deadspin]

Schuyler found clinging to boat – [ESPN]

Overturned Boat, 1 Survivor Found in Search for NFL Players – [FoxNews]




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