Coast Guard search cost $1.6M

Updated: March 10, 2009, 2:50 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The search for the two NFL players and two other men missing in the Gulf of Mexico cost the U.S. Coast Guard $1.6 million.

The St. Petersburg Times reported Tuesday that the three-day search covered more than 20,000 square miles and required 230 combined hours of Coast Guard aircraft and boats.

Nick Schuyler was the only survivor. He was found sitting on top of the capsized 21-foot fishing boat on March 2, about two days after it overturned in rough seas off Clearwater.

Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper, free-agent NFL defensive lineman Corey Smith, who played for the Detroit Lions last season, and former University of South Florida player William Bleakley were never found.


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