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Coast Guard Will Call Off Search for 3 Missing Football Players by Sunset
FOXNews.com ^ | Tuesday, March 03, 2009 | FOX NEWS

Posted on 03/03/2009 7:02:57 PM PST by metmom

The Coast Guard called off its search for three missing football players at sunset Tuesday.

The news came after crews combed choppy waters off the Florida Gulf Coast for a third full day since NFL players Marquis Cooper and Corey Smith and a third friend William Bleakley disappeared. Their fishing boat capsized in stormy seas Saturday evening.

One of the four on the excursion, Nick Schuyler, survived.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: boat; coastguard; epirb; football; missing; nfl; rescue; search; uscg
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To: metmom; Travis McGee

I have actually sunk in that same area. (Outdrive say good bye to packing ring 120 miles OS Boca Grande)

RIP

when a norther blows across the Gulf like that one it’s very dangerous in that small boat they were in..

damned shame


51 posted on 03/03/2009 7:44:53 PM PST by wardaddy (I've known black people over 50 years, raised with them and by them.. Obama ain't BLACK, HE"S RED!)
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To: metmom

Just searched for pingers or EPIRB’s and they are as cheap as $145. A very good one for under $500.

http://www.google.com/products?hl=en&q=EPIRB&oe=UTF-8&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wf&ei=A_mtSbDDNaKKmQeW6vWiBg&oi=property_suggestions&resnum=0&ct=property-revision&cd=1

If you have a boat and go in the ocean - get one. Ditto for a loved one with a boat.


52 posted on 03/03/2009 7:51:03 PM PST by Frantzie (Boycott GE - they own NBC, MSNBC, CNBC & Universal. Boycott Disney - they own ABC)
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To: Global2010

The only way one guy survived was because he got out of the water. You simply can’t survive those water temperatures for three or four days wearing only a life jacket, no matter how big your body mass.

The Coast Guard gave up because they couldn’t find anyone above water, and even if somehow the others were still afloat, they weren’t out of the water. And the tables don’t lie. At best, or perhaps at worst, the rest perished on Monday at the latest.

It’s a sad story. These guys weren’t doing anything criminal or even horribly reckless. Obviously foolish in hindsight, but there’s no reason to suggest they deserved this.

They made a mistake.


53 posted on 03/03/2009 7:54:12 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: randog

They call out the whole Navy when a Kennedy splashes down.....


54 posted on 03/03/2009 8:02:11 PM PST by Trteamer ( (Eat Meat, Wear Fur, Own Guns, FReep Leftists, Drive an SUV, Drill A.N.W.R., Drill the Gulf, Vote)
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To: word_warrior_bob

Tonight. Just before dark they found a cooler from the boat. Then quit looking.


55 posted on 03/03/2009 8:16:28 PM PST by screaminsunshine (f)
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To: Frantzie

And I know you can survive.


56 posted on 03/03/2009 8:17:32 PM PST by screaminsunshine (f)
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To: tflabo
What a tragedy...Shuyler said the helicopter lights were above them that first night.

That is sad to hear. If they had the proper gear, ie, flares, they would have been rescued. This equipment is meant to save lives not make your boating a pain in the ass.

57 posted on 03/03/2009 8:29:11 PM PST by New Perspective (Proud father of a 5 year old son with Down Syndrome. He's a wonderful gift.)
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To: screaminsunshine

If i was going out 30 miles in a 21 footer, which I would not do, I would have a life jacket and a $150 pinger at a minimum. I would also have a decent life raft.

The ocean can kill you in seconds.


58 posted on 03/03/2009 8:30:42 PM PST by Frantzie (Boycott GE - they own NBC, MSNBC, CNBC & Universal. Boycott Disney - they own ABC)
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To: metmom

Eternal Father, long to save ...


59 posted on 03/03/2009 8:30:48 PM PST by Seajay (Ordem e Progresso)
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To: screaminsunshine
Yep. The CG looking in the wrong place or they would of found em. They had life jackets.

Give those brave men and women in the USCG a little more respect. They do a very extensive and detail pattern search. They are some of the best professionals in the world. Think before you type.

60 posted on 03/03/2009 8:33:49 PM PST by New Perspective (Proud father of a 5 year old son with Down Syndrome. He's a wonderful gift.)
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To: screaminsunshine

They’ve been well outside any possible survival time for a while now, have you been following this from the beginning. Even the guy they found suffered from slight hypothermia and he was on top of the boat.

They stopped at 6:30 this evening, even though they knew there was no chance at finding them alive at this point.


61 posted on 03/03/2009 8:41:00 PM PST by word_warrior_bob (You can now see my amazing doggie and new puppy on my homepage!! Come say hello to Jake & Sonny)
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To: Rome2000

Being a boater and living by a lake in Arizona I know what you are talking about. I believe it should be required to take a coast guard class before they give you the license for your boat. But then you have the people who rent boats, jet ski’s and houseboats to people with absolutely zero boating experience.. you wouldn’t believe some of the stories... and even worse up at Lake Powell where we go every year they rent to foreign visitors who have no idea which side of the lake to drive on.. now this is not only a VERY large lake, but it is a lake with a whole lot of hazards... these rental “blue tops” scare the heck out of me.


62 posted on 03/03/2009 9:08:00 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: driftdiver

yep! We’ve had our anchor caught on underwater trees here before where we had no alternative but to cut the rope. Sometime’s it is just easier and safer to buy a new anchor.


63 posted on 03/03/2009 9:09:57 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: screaminsunshine
That SUCKS> They could still be alive.

Doubt it with hypothermia & sharks, it's quite doubtful after all this time...

64 posted on 03/03/2009 9:49:35 PM PST by blondee123 (Barack O'Lenin, King of United Socialist America!)
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To: Global2010

They said a cold front came thru Saturday & most boats that were out, returned by around noon that day.

They said a cold front would trigger very choppy water conditions that far out in the gulf!


65 posted on 03/03/2009 9:53:27 PM PST by blondee123 (Barack O'Lenin, King of United Socialist America!)
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To: Arizona Carolyn

Yatahay! Ahoy! & Aloha!

That area is beautiful, and I miss it very much.

Used to be “DesertRatGal”, now:


66 posted on 03/03/2009 10:20:33 PM PST by BigIsleGal (Wake Me Up When the Stupid Wears Off)
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To: tflabo
Shuyler said the helicopter lights were above them that first night.


Parachute flare


Photograph of signal flare.

67 posted on 03/03/2009 11:39:32 PM PST by Daaave ("Where it all ends I can't fathom my friends")
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To: wardaddy
The sea is a stern mistress, and you may not be forgiven for a mistake.
68 posted on 03/04/2009 5:50:41 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Daaave

It nice to show signaling devices but any idiot looking to take a single engine 21 foot boat out into that kind of weather is not smart enough to think about such devices.


69 posted on 03/04/2009 6:42:40 AM PST by CodeToad (Liberalism is Communism, and both are a mental disorder. Grow up.)
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To: metmom

Anyone remember the 24/7 search for John-John Kennedy when his airplane disappeared in the Atlantic? That search was going to continue until they were found, in whatever condition. Just saying.


70 posted on 03/04/2009 7:20:00 AM PST by abovethefray
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To: Daaave

They probably had those but couldn’t reach them because the boat turned over so quick.


71 posted on 03/04/2009 4:53:56 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver
"They probably had those but couldn’t reach them because the boat turned over so quick."

You knew one of the men swam into the capsized boat to get the lifejackets?

"It was Bleakley who swam underneath to retrieve three life jackets he could find, along with a cushion, a groggy Schuyler told Miller from a Tampa hospital."

foxnews.com

72 posted on 03/04/2009 8:42:32 PM PST by Daaave ("Where it all ends I can't fathom my friends")
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To: Daaave

Yep but what happens when a lifejacket hits the water? it floats. What happens when heavy flares hit the water, most of em sink.


73 posted on 03/05/2009 4:22:14 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

Show me the evidence that they had flares.


74 posted on 03/05/2009 9:37:33 PM PST by Daaave ("Where it all ends I can't fathom my friends")
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To: Daaave

“Show me the evidence that they had flares.”

What an asinine statement.

I aint your lawyer you want to know if they had flares go dive for em yourself.


75 posted on 03/06/2009 3:05:05 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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