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Prayers sent. WWL reporting it is now a search and recovery mission.

Coast Guard searching for Patriots DE Hill in Lake Pontchartrain

NEW ORLEANS -- U.S. Coast Guard rescue crews continued searching Lake Pontchartrain on Monday for New England Patriots defensive end Marquise Hill, who was reported missing following a jetski accident.

Marquise Hill

"We searched throughout the night," said Petty Officer Tom Atkeson.

Hill's agent, Albert Elias, said he had been told Hill and a young woman were jetskiing Sunday in the lake when both of them went into the water, which had a strong current. Elias said the woman was able to make it to a pylon and hang on until she was rescued, while Hill was last scene floating away from the scene.

"I'm an optimistic guy," Elias told WWL television in New Orleans. "He's a strong kid and a fighter."

Hill played on LSU's 2004 national championship team and was drafted in the second round by New England.

"We are all shocked," Patriots owner Robert Kraft said in a statement. "We can only hope and pray that the search and rescue is successful. Our thoughts and prayers are with Marquise and his family. We know that Marquise is a strong young man and will remain optimistic while continuing to pray for his rescue."

The Coast Guard was using both boats and a helicopter search the shoreline, Atkeson said. Wildlife and Fisheries was using a recovery line that drags the bottom of the water.

A call came in around 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Atkeson said. The woman, whose identity was not available Monday morning, was rescued and sent to Tulane Medical Center where she told them Hill had tried to keep her calm even as the two were drifting away from each other.

Neither Hill nor the woman wore a life preserver, Atkeson said.

"It's so important to have a life jacket and a signaling device," Atkeson said. "One keeps you afloat and the other helps us find you."

Elias said Hill has spent much of his time since Hurricane Katrina helping family members rebuild their homes.

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Good grief. Prayers going out. Let's hope he made it to shore somewhere but has been too weak to get to help and they find him soon.

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Good grief. Prayers going out. Let's hope he made it to shore somewhere but has been too weak to get to help and they find him soon.

They recovered his body about twenty minutes ago. He was a great player and was the starting DE on the '03 NC team. Good guy, too. RIP, Marquise.

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Good grief. Prayers going out. Let's hope he made it to shore somewhere but has been too weak to get to help and they find him soon.

They recovered his body about twenty minutes ago. He was a great player and was the starting DE on the '03 NC team. Good guy, too. RIP, Marquise.

Gosh. So sorry to hear that.

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Good grief. Prayers going out. Let's hope he made it to shore somewhere but has been too weak to get to help and they find him soon.

They recovered his body about twenty minutes ago. He was a great player and was the starting DE on the '03 NC team. Good guy, too. RIP, Marquise.

sorry to hear that. prayers sent to his family and the Pats/LSU folks.

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When in a small vessel or on a jet ski, wear a life jacket. He would be alive today. It's a lot easier to float with one on. If you float you live. If you sink, you die. But who cares? Who will listen? Until the fine is such that folks cry when they get one, we'll always have the really cool dead guys.

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When in a small vessel or on a jet ski, wear a life jacket. He would be alive today. It's a lot easier to float with one on. If you float you live. If you sink, you die. But who cares? Who will listen? Until the fine is such that folks cry when they get one, we'll always have the really cool dead guys.

I bet you're just a laugh a minute at cocktail parties.

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Sad to see anyone so young die so soon...from all accounts, he seemed like a good kid. Prayers to his family and loved ones.

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Very sad. I was on my jet ski all Memorial Day weekend. You just have to have a life jacket on. I don't know the circumstances of the wreck that threw them off but from what I've read and heard, wearing a life vest most likely would have saved his life. At least gave him a fighting chance to be found alive. Too young and a needless death of someone who sounded like a genuinely good person.

Prayers go out to his family.

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When in a small vessel or on a jet ski, wear a life jacket. He would be alive today. It's a lot easier to float with one on. If you float you live. If you sink, you die. But who cares? Who will listen? Until the fine is such that folks cry when they get one, we'll always have the really cool dead guys.

I bet you're just a laugh a minute at cocktail parties.

Yeah. Sorry I couldn't just pat a guy on the back and say maybe you'll live next time.

I do feel for his family. But he made a decision that caused this pain for everyone. We all have to make decisions every day. Some are tough, but most tragedies could be avoided if we would just listen to those who have gone before us. He did not listen. So now I am supposed to give him pass? If me bitching reminds one person to put on that jacket, then I'll bitch way. You've heard it, now you have no excuse dying on the water due to not wearing a life jacket. If this happens to you, then you too will receive the same love. For some, the lessons are hard. Don't be one of those.

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Life's about lessons. Learn form other's, or let yours bury you. That'll be $450 please.

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CCTAU, there are times when being "right" comes across as being reptilian in its coldness and detachment. Your initial post on this thread was one of those times. Tell ya what, why don't you go to Hill's funeral and tell his family that he should have been wearing a life jacket...I'm sure they'll be greatly appreciative of your wisdom.

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I can see it now. CC is the hired eulogist at a lung cancer victim's funeral...

"Yep. He's dead. Joe is dead. Really dead. As in doornail dead. Way before his time, too. He leaves a stricken wife, and two young children. All because he was a dumbass and smoked.

"Really, that's what it was. I mean, how stupid was this guy, Joe? Everybody knows smoking kills you. Hell, they print it on the cigarette cartons. But no, he just couldn't master his craving for that squeaky clean filtered smoke nestling in his lungs. And that means Joe was a weak and ultimately stupid man. Now that you mention it, looking at his photo propped up on the casket, I think he might have been a mongoloid. That would explain matters. Because only the village idiot would smoke and, talking to friends and relatives before the funeral, I'm guessing that was exactly what Joe was.

"So, really, this isn't all that bad. Because now his wife can go out and marry somebody with a little common sense. She's kind of a hottie in a grief stricken way. She's now free most nights except Thursday. That's when she keeps her regular weekly assignation at the Pine View Motel out on Route 54. Joe didn't know about that either, which really proves what an idiot he really was."

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CCTAU, there are times when being "right" comes across as being reptilian in its coldness and detachment. Your initial post on this thread was one of those times. Tell ya what, why don't you go to Hill's funeral and tell his family that he should have been wearing a life jacket...I'm sure they'll be greatly appreciative of your wisdom.

I did have a tear in my eye when I typed it.

If someone at his funeral does not mention that it's a good idea to ALWAYS wear a life jacket, then they are doing a great disservice. You try and learn from other's mistakes. To avoid and deny is to waste an opportunity to maybe save another person from the same mistake. If I knew him and was at his funeral, you are damned right I would say something. Not only that, I would try to get the family to be more vocal about the issue. To ignore it would be admitting it was a death in vain.

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Now, ask me how I feel about suicide......

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