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Last seven bodies retrieved from 'copter
Date: Sunday, March 22, 2009 @ 18:37:52 EDT

Last seven bodies retrieved from 'copterA submersible robot Tuesday recovered the final seven bodies from a Canadian helicopter that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean last week. The crew of the private Atlantic Osprey supply ship repeated the exercise they did early Monday when they recovered nine of the bodies of oil platform workers and the Sikorsky S-92's two-man crew.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sgt. Wayne Newell said all 18 people aboard the Cougar Helicopter flight from St. John's, Newfoundland, to two oil platforms had been accounted for, the Canwest News Service said.

At the time of the crash Thursday, one body was found floating and another man was rescued. He remains hospitalized with fractures and chest injuries, the report said.

Newell said the wreckage of the helicopter is nearly 600 feet under water and officials were hoping to harness it and retrieve it this week and then try to determine what mechanical failure caused the craft to ditch.

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