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Time line of football players' tragic fishing trip


6:30 a.m. Feb. 28: Boat leaves Seminole Boat Ramp with Marquis Cooper, Corey Smith, Will Bleakley and Nick Schuyler for a fishing trip.

5:30 p.m. Feb. 28: Boat is anchored about 35 miles offshore. The group tries to pull up the anchor, but it's stuck. The men move the anchor line to the back of the boat and gun the motor to free the anchor. But the boat swamps and flips over. The four men recover life jackets and climb on the overturned hull.

5:30 a.m. March 1: Cooper, apparently suffering from hypothermia, becomes unresponsive and has no pulse. Schuyler and Bleakley try unsuccessfully to revive him. They remove his life jacket and he floats away.

6:30 a.m. March 1: Smith shows signs of extreme hypothermia. He removes his flotation devices and floats away.

6:15 a.m. March 2: Bleakley shows the same symptoms and removes his life jacket. Schuyler holds him until Bleakley appears to die, then Schuyler releases him.

11:46 a.m. March 2: Coast Guard ship rescues Schuyler.

6:30 p.m. March 3: Coast Guard ends search for remaining three men.

Time line of football players' tragic fishing trip 03/27/09 [Last modified: Friday, March 27, 2009 9:26pm]
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