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The Coast Guard has released information that may described the last moments of Corey Smith’s, Marquis Cooper’s and William Bleakley’s lives:
New details are emerging about what happened to four men who capsized off the western coast of Florida last month. The US Coast Guard has released the transcript from the first interview they did with Nick Schuyler shortly after he was rescued.
Ever since the dramatic rescue of boater Nick Schuyler, we’ve heard different stories about what happened among four friends when their boat capsized on February 28th. Family members of the three missing family members presumed dead, Corey Smith, Marquis Cooper and William Bleakley, have struggled to believe some of the details.
Now, the Associated Press obtained this report from the US Coast Guard that details Schuyler’s first interview right after his rescue after spending nearly two days stranded in the Gulf.
The Coast Guard redacted all of the names of the boaters except Schuyler’s. In the report Schuyler told the Coast Guard the boat capsized Saturday at 5:30 after the anchor got stuck. He said all four men grabbed life jackets and were holding onto the boat for four hours. Schuyler said one of his friends then freaked out, took off his life jacket and disappeared. Later that night another boater became unruly, started throwing punches, took off his own life jacket, dove down never to be seen again.
A third man man thought he saw land early Sunday morning and decided to swim for it. Schuyler told investigators that man complained his life jacket was too tight and took it off. While members of the Cooper and Bleakley family have heard some of these details previously, they hadn’t heard anything about punches being thrown among friends holding onto the boat that capsized.
That sounds like straight madness, but since there’s only one survivor, we may never know what really happened. SMH.