TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - An investigation by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission into a boating accident involving two NFL players and their friends says the accident was caused by not properly anchoring the small 21-foot vessel.
In a report released Friday, the FWC says that after the men were unable to retrieve the stuck anchor, Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper tried using the boat's motor to throttle forward in hopes of freeing the anchor and heading back to shore.
Instead, the boat capsized, throwing all four aboard.
The agency conducted an in-depth interview with Nick Schuyler, a former University of South Florida football player who was the only survivor.
He described the men growing weak from hypothermia until he was the only one clinging to the boat.
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