I was reading the story about how they saved one man so far, Nick Schuyler. The other 3 men are missing. Marquis Cooper, Corey Smith & former South Florida player William Bleakley. The story is very sad, when you hear Nick Schuyler tell Bleakley’s mother Betty Bleakley how they all held on and tried to stay together. William Bleakley went under the boat to get the life jackets for the others while he held on to a cushion flotation.
Coast Guards closed down the search Tuesday, stating that if the men were alive they would have found them already. Family and friends still have hope and have started their own search out to sea.
A childhood friend and teammate of Cooper at Washington Tank Johnson, was said to be taking a lead role in the renewed search. Johnson said the family has not given up hope that the men are still alive. “I truly believe he is out there somewhere being strong,” Johnson said.
We all hope this is true. I pray for their families, and for their safe return. The truth is that it would be a miracle at this point for the men to be alive. Nick Schuyler’s doctor, Dr. Mark Rumbak said Nick was in good condition but they will keep him in the hospital to make sure there are no complications. He said Nick Schuyler probably would have lived another five to ten hours out there. He states: “I think he is extremely fortunate.” “I can’t explain it. Some divine providence, I really think.”
The waters were about 68 degrees, it’s hard to survive too long out there in that type of temperature. Still the family has hope and continues to search. Johnson stated that even if the men aren’t found alive at least the bodies will give the family some type of closure.
It always saddens me to hear these types of stories, I read about it when it first happened, and now I read that they have only found one man and that they stopped the search. I hope for the family and friends who are out there searching, that they find them. I hope that they are okay, and with this miracle the family will be okay.
I found this quote, and thought it was just right:
“For what is faith unless it is to believe what you do not see?” ~Anonymous
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