*UPDATED at 2:10 PM, Tuesday, March 3: In what is easily the saddest news we’ve ever had to report on this website, the Coast Guard has just announced that they will call off the search for Marquis Cooper and two other men missing in a boating accident off the Florida coastline. At this point, we can only hope for the best, but must realistically fear the worst.
*UPDATED at 12:55 PM: A report from a Tampa news station has rumored that Marquis Cooper may have been found alive. Authorities were not confirming that at this time, and the Tampa station has since retracted their statement regarding Cooper.
Nick Schuyler, the only member of the four-man fishing trip found so far, has been admitted to a Tampa hospital and is currently listed in serious condition.
More news as it becomes available.
*UPDATED at 11:30 AM: The man discovered clinging to the overturned boat has been identified as Nick Schuyler, a former University of South Florida football player who was one of the four men aboard Cooper’s vessel when the fishing party left dock on Saturday. The boat Schuyler was clinging to has been identified as Cooper’s.
The AP is reporting that one member aboard the missing vessel owned by former Husky linebacker Marquis Cooper has been found alive. Rescue crews could not confirm the man’s identity at this time, nor whether or not the man was a member of Cooper’s fishing party. The man was found clinging to an overturned boat in ocean waters and was taken to a nearby hospital. He is coherent and able to speak at this time.
More to come as we know it. One down, three to go.