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Coast Guard Recovering Washington Copter Wreckage

SEATTLE (AP) - The Coast Guard is recovering the wreckage of one of its Jayhawk helicopters that crashed into water off the Washington coast, killing three of the four crewman.

Petty Officer Nathan Bradshaw in Seattle said two of the four major pieces were lifted out Friday morning and recovery work is continuing. The debris is being taken to a Coast Guard station at
nearby La Push. Fog had hampered work Thursday.

Bradshaw says it will be some time before Coast Guard officials declare a cause of Wednesday's crash. Witnesses say the copter was flying low and hit power lines at James Island.

The Sitka, Alaska, based crew was flying the copter from Astoria, Ore.

The survivor is in a Seattle hospital with a broken arm and leg.
      
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