03.02.09 10 years ago 19 Comments

UPDATE: Y! News is reporting one survivor has been rescued; both Cooper and Smith remain missing.

A 21-foot fishing boat carrying Corey Smith, a Detroit Lions free-agent defensive end, and Marquis Cooper, an Oakland Raiders linebacker, among others, was lost at sea on Saturday.

The boat was reported missing Sunday, one day after it left Clearwater Pass and did not return as expected Saturday evening as the weather became increasingly rough, with heavy winds and high seas.

Coast Guard Capt. Timothy M. Close said there was no communication with the men even before the weather started to pick up and no SOS call was received.

“That’s not to say they didn’t send one out,” he said. “We didn’t receive anything.”

The boat also had two players form the University of South Florida, who may or may not have been named “Gilligan” and/or “Skipper.” Reports indicate that there was bad weather and shit and that they probably should have returned to shore like everyone else did. Which is really a waste, because if ESPN’s Tom Mees taught us anything, it’s that you don’t need an expensive boat and good friends nearby to drown.

[Y! News]

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