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Marquis Cooper’s Father Doesn’t Believe Boat Survivor’s Story

The father of former NFL player Marquis Cooper — one of three men who died at sea in a 2009 boating accident — is going public with his doubts about the account of what happened from the incident’s lone survivor.

Bruce Cooper, a Phoenix-area sportscaster, says Nick Schuyler’s version of events doesn’t make sense. “What Nick Schuyler says what happened, it didn’t go down like that,” Cooper said in a televised interview aired on NBC affiliate 12 News in Arizona. “From the minute Nick hits the water, he becomes Superman,” said Cooper, who was not present on the fishing excursion.

“He’s saving people. He’s giving mouth to mouth. He’s giving chest compressions. He’s doing everything.” One point of contention for Cooper is Schuyler’s claim that Marquis Cooper was unable to swim under the capsized boat in an effort to reach life vests. “Marquis was a powerful swimmer,” the elder Cooper said.

“That whole story is a bunch of bull. It didn’t go down the way Nick Schuyler said it did.” U.S. Coast Guard video of Schuyler’s rescue from the Gulf of Mexico in March, 2009 shows the Tampa personal trainer atop a 21-foot boat bobbing in heavy seas. Schuyler detailed the ordeal in a book titled “Not Without Hope,” released a year after the accident.

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One Response to “Marquis Cooper’s Father Doesn’t Believe Boat Survivor’s Story”

  1. KVNBNTLY says:

    Dear Mr. Cooper,
    Sincerest sympathy for your loss. best of luck to you in your quest to set the record straight.

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