Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Black Athletes: Players Missing, Search Ended

Hope turned to despair late Tuesday afternoon as the Coast Guard called off a search for Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper, free agent defensive end Corey Smith and former South Florida tight end Will Bleakley, missing for nearly three days while on a fishing trip in the Gulf of Mexico.

The boaters, who set out Saturday morning off the coast of Clearwater, Fla., flipped their boat about 30 miles out while trying to raise anchor about 5 p.m. ET that night, according to Coast Guard Capt. Timothy Close. A Coast Guard search covering 24,000 square miles recovered one man, Nick Schuyler, clinging to the hull of the 21-foot boat Monday. But by Tuesday evening, more than 60 hours after the search began, the Coast Guard told the families it would not continue.


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