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    Coast Guard Gulf of Mexico Rescue to Be Chronicled in Survival Thriller Movie

    Coast Guard Gulf of Mexico Rescue to Be Chronicled in Survival Thriller Movie

    Zachary Levi, known for the DC Comics movie “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” and recently seen in the drama “American Underdog,” is set to star in “Not Without Hope,” a film based on a 2009 boat accident in the Gulf of and the Coast Guard's search and rescue mission.

    On Feb. 28 that year, former University of South Florida football player Nick Schuyler went on a deep-sea fishing trip from Clearwater, Florida, with NFL players Marquis Cooper and Corey Smith and Schuyler's best friend, former USF player Will Bleakley.

    Smith had played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions. Cooper, who had played for the Buccaneers, Minnesota Vikings, Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks, Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders, owned the 21-foot, single-engine boat the four men took out that day.

    Seventy miles west of Tampa, an issue with the anchor caused the boat to capsize, and the four men were stranded in the Gulf of Mexico with no food, water or beacon to alert authorities to their predicament. They clung to the boat as night fell and faced hypothermia, hallucinations, hunger and dehydration as huge waves pounded the boat. Eventually the Coast Guard was called in to search the gulf and found Schuyler three days later, clinging to life as he held onto the capsized boat's engine mount.

    The movie will be based on Schuyler's 2010 book “Not Without Hope,” written with Jeré Longford. Joe Carnahan (“The…

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