Two NFL Players Missing After Boating Trip in Florida


Two NFL players are among four that are missing as the boat they were on did not come back from a fishing trip that took place on Saturday in Florida.

Detroit Lions defensive end Corey Smith and Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper were two of the four men missing since their boat disappeared on Saturday in waters off Clearwater, Florida.

Smith, currently a free agent with the NFL, played defensive end for the Detroit Lions last season. The Coast Guard said it was directing an extensive search Sunday for the boaters.

Searchers were focusing on an area about 50 miles west of Clearwater Pass, where the four embarked from the Seminole Boat Ramp about 6:30 a.m. Saturday, the Coast Guard said in a statement.

The search began around 2 a.m. Sunday after Coast Guard personnel got a tip from a caller that four men — identified by the Coast Guard as Victor “Marquis” Cooper, Nick Skyler, Corey Smith and William Bleakley — did not return from their fishing trip as expected.

The Coast Guard dispatched a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat, HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter, C-130 Hercules fixed-wing planes and a Cutter Crocodile to search 750 square miles west of Clearwater Pass.

The Coast Guard has asked anyone with information on the boaters to contact their St. Petersburg, Florida, sector at 727-824-7506.


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4 Responses to “Two NFL Players Missing After Boating Trip in Florida”

  1. evaspencer says:

    my family and i are praying for the safe return of these guys. our hopes are that they are safe and waiting to be found alive. this is a sad thing, hope for the best for all families.

  2. Diane says:

    I think that it would’ve been helpful if Nick would’ve spoken to the media, and if the media would’ve updated the public more. I am surprised that family members waited until the next day to report them missing to the Coast Guard. Every minute counts out there in the rough, chilly, horrendous waters. I can’t even imagine being out there for an hour! I could care less about “Octamom”, however, that is covered every hour, on the hour. I feel that these guys would’ve had a chance, had their families and coast guard reacted with more urgency..

  3. CHARISSE says:

    I THINK THAT THE FRIEND THAT WAS FOUND HAS MORE INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT HAPPEN TO THE OTHER GUYS AND IS HOLDING BACK INFORMATION. HIS STORY JUST DOESN’T ADD UP TO ME AT ALL AND IF I WAS ONE OF THE FAMILY MEMBERS I DON’T THINK I COULD REST WITH THE DIFFERENT STORIES GIVEN.I THINK THAT THEY SHOULD INVESTIGATE THE OTHER MEMBER THAT WAS FOUND A LITTLE MORE.

  4. CHARISSE says:

    MY BLESSINGS GOES OUT TO ALL OF THE FAMILIES OF YOUR LOVE LOST ONES.I THINK THAT NICK SHOULD’VE SPOKEN TO THE MEDIA AND PUBLIC MORE ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED.HIS REMORSE WASN’T SINCERE TO ME ABOUT HIS FRIENDS LOST AT SEA.I ALSO THINK THAT THE MEDIA COULD’VE GIVEN AND UPDATED REPORT THAT THE GUYS STILL HAVEN’T BEEN FOUND AND THAT PRAYERS GOES OUT FROM FRIENDS AND LOVED ONES.