Boat Found, 1 Man Rescued, 2 NFL Players Still Missing

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Coast Guard says it has narrowed the search area for two NFL players and another man whose overturned boat was found off the Florida Gulf Coast.

Coast Guard Capt. Timothy Close says the search area is "substantially smaller," based on where they found the boat and a survivor Monday. Searchers had previously covered 16,000 square miles.

Nick Schuyler was clinging to the boat about 35 miles off Clearwater. The former University of South Florida player told rescuers that the boat was anchored when it flipped Saturday evening in rough seas.

He says the others aboard got separated from the boat.

The boat belongs to Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper. He, free-agent defensive lineman Corey Smith and former South Florida player William Bleakley remained missing.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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