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2 NFL Players among 4 missing boaters

Two NFL players are among four boaters that are reported missing off Florida's Gulf Coast, said an agent for one of the players Sunday, reported CNN.

Detroit Lions defensive end Corey Smith and Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper are two of four that have been missing since Saturday when their boat disappeared in the waters off Clearwater, Florida.

The players were on a fishing trip aboard a 21-foot vessel that left Clearwater pass Saturday morning, but did not return as expected, reported the New York Times. A helicopter and a 47-foot boat were used by crews to search a 750-square mile area west of Clearwater Pass on Sunday according to the New York Times.

CNN reports that the Coast Guard said it was directing an extensive search Sunday for the boaters.

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, reported CNN.

Smith is currently a free agent with the NFL, and played defensive end for the Detroit Lions last season. The two other people on board were Nick Schulyer and Will Bleakly the Coast Guard told the New York Times.

CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/03/01/florida.missing.boaters/index.html
New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2009/03/01/sports/AP-Missing-Boaters-NFL.html?_r=1&hp