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NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- New England Patriots player Marquise Hill was reported missing following a jetski accident on Lake Pontchartrain, where U.S. Coast Guard rescue crews were searching for him on Monday.

"We searched throughout the night," Petty Officer Tom Atkeson said of the call the Coast Guard received around 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

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 seen 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 national championship team and was a second-round draft pick by New England in 2004.

"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 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 as the two were drifting away from each other.

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

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, a defensive end, spent much of his time since Hurricane Katrina helping family members rebuild their homes.
 

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geebi said:
Just heard on Sirius NFL Radio that they think they have found his body.
They correctd that by telling that is is now a recovery effort and not a rescue effort and they are assuming he is dead.
 

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The body of Patriots DE Marquise Hill was found in Lousiana's Lake Pontchartrain after he fell off a jetski Sunday night.
His body was recovered at 2:15PM by a drag net. Hill is believed to have saved the life of a woman he was accompanied by before getting caught in the lake's current and drifting away. The 6-6/300-pound lineman was only 24.
Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune
 

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The body of Patriots DE Marquise Hill was found in Lousiana's Lake Pontchartrain after he fell off a jetski Sunday night.
His body was recovered at 2:15PM by a drag net. Hill is believed to have saved the life of a woman he was accompanied by before getting caught in the lake's current and drifting away. The 6-6/300-pound lineman was only 24.
Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune
RIP :(
 

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damn that sux, i have been out on those waters before......R.I.P.
 

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That just sucks. The Pats lost a great player. He went down a Hero saving that women. RIP
 
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