In a press conference given minutes ago, United States Coast Guard officials announced that the search for three missing boaters has been called off. NFL players Corey Smith, Marquis Cooper and one other person have been missing since their boat over-turned in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Clearwater, Florida, Saturday.
Nick Schuyler, a former football player for USF, was part of the fishing crew and rescued Monday afternoon, clinging to the over-turned boat. Schuyler told Coast Guard officials that a large wave hit the boat, causing it to topple. Schuyler is in stable condition at Tampa General, recovering from hypothermia and dehydration.
With the U.S. Coast Guard suspending the search for the missing men, former NFL linebaker and close friend of Marquis Cooper, Tank Johnson, sent a call out to all experienced aviation pilots and boaters, requesting their assistance in a search and rescue effort to start at 6am Wednesday.
To join the search and rescue squad, please send an email with qualifications in aviation and boating to: