Private Search for NFL Players Wanes

Family asks volunteer boaters to keep looking
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Mar 5, 2009 10:59 AM CST
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission investigators examine Marquis Cooper's boat at the Bay Pines boat ramp last night.   (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
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(Newser) – The private search for two missing NFL players and their friend off Florida's coast is winding down, 2 days after the official rescue ended. The family of Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper asked volunteer boat captains to keep looking, but—compared to the dozens of boats combing the area yesterday—few are still out, the St. Petersburg Times reports.