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.