Search for Missing Players Cost $1.6 Million Dollars

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A Florida newspaper reports the search for 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.

Former University of South Florida football player Nick Schuyler
was the only survivor. He was found atop the capsized 21-foot
fishing boat on March 2, about two days after it overturned in
rough seas off Clearwater.

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