Hypothermia A Grim Concern For Missing NFL Players

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
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Coast Guard officials won't speculate on the chances three missing boaters in the Gulf of Mexico will be rescued alive.

There is some hope that their size and health might help them fight off the effects of hypothermia. But the odds are against them. Hypothermia can set in after 18 hours in 64-degree water. The three men have been in the water for more than two days now.

They are NFL players Marquis Cooper and Corey Smith, and former college football player William Bleakley.

A fourth man, Nick Schuyler, was rescued yesterday. He was clinging to the capsized boat 35 miles off Clearwater, Florida. Schuyler says the boat capsized Saturday. He told his mother he survived by thinking about how he didn't want her to have to go to his funeral.

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