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One survivor found, Coast Guard searching for 3 other missing boaters

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TAMPA, FLORIDA (KWWL) - The Coast Guard said it will continue to search waters off Florida's Gulf Coast for three missing boaters for "quite awhile."

Crews rescued a fourth man Monday. Former University of South Florida football player Nick Schuyler was clinging to an overturned boat that belongs to Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper.

The Coast Guard says Schuyler told rescuers the boat was anchored Saturday evening when it flipped in rough seas. Schuyler was wearing a life vest and had been clinging to the boat since the accident. He says Cooper and the other two men, NFL free-agent defensive lineman Corey Smith and former South Florida player William Bleakley, got separated from the boat.

The weather had been calm when the group left Clearwater Pass Saturday morning, but winds picked up through the day and the seas got heavy. Waves peaked at 15 feet Sunday.

Online Executive Producer Nate Leding

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