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Hill's body recovered in lake

Marquise Hill has played in 13 games for the Patriots.
Marquise Hill has played in 13 games for the Patriots. (Getty Images Photo)

Authorities recovered the body of Patriots defensive end Marquise Hill from New Orleans's Lake Pontchartrain this afternoon, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Hill's body was pulled out of the lake around 2:15 p.m. and taken to the Orleans Parish Coroner's Office.

The 24-year-old Hill, a native of New Orleans, and a young woman were both operating jet skis on Lake Pontchartrain yesterday when they fell off into a strong current, according to Albert Elias, Hill's agent.

US Coast Guard officials involved in the search said they received a call at about 9:30 p.m. last night reporting screams for help on the lake. People on a boat heard the woman's screams and found her floating on a pylon. After talking with her, they learned that Hill was still in the water.

"They spotted him and then lost sight of him while trying to position the boat,"said Petty Office Third Class Tom Atkeson of Coast Guard.

The woman was taken to Tulane Medical Center, while Coast Guard rescue boat and helicopter crews searched Lake Pontchartrain near an industrial canal throughout the night and today.

"I spoke with the girl and her mother this morning and they said he helped her stay calm. He ended up saving her life, keeping her calm until she could grab onto a buoy," said Elias said, who added that Hill can swim, but was not wearing a life preserver.

The 6-foot-6, 300-pound Hill was a second-round draft choice of the Patriots in 2004, and has served as a backup for his first three seasons, appearing in 13 career games.