Monday, March 2, 2009

Capsized Boat Found off FL coast

CNN just reported that a capsized boat was discovered off the Florida coast and that a single survivor was seen clinging to the debris. No other details were provided. More to come on this breaking news.

*** UPDATE 3/2 10AM PST***

The Coast Guard says the overturned boat it found off Florida's Gulf Coast belongs to Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper. The survivor found clinging to the vessel is former University of South Florida player Nick Schuyler.

The Coast Guard says Cooper, Detroit Lions free agent Corey Smith and another former USF player, William Bleakley, remain missing.



*** UPDATE 3/2 4:30PM PST***

Still no word on additional survivors.

CNN reported that:

Schuyler told his rescuers that the boat was anchored Saturday evening when it was overturned by waves during a storm, Close said. He told them that all four men were clinging to the boat for a time, but became separated, Close said.

The four men embarked in a 21-foot single-engine boat from the Seminole Boat Ramp near Clearwater Pass about 6:30 a.m. Saturday, the Coast Guard said. The search was launched early Sunday after friends and relatives realized they had not returned from their fishing trip.

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