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At the scene of the crash



Mark Roberts
Lighthouse staff

 Strewn for miles on top of the ocean just past Pearl Island near Big Tancook Island were grim reminders that the victims were people; people with children, fathers, mothers and friends.

 A playing card; socks; a woman's or child's shoe; a man's shoe and a T-shirt; a money bag; snack food packages; and a paperback book floated by; all signs of lives that were tragically lost during the crash. The sickly smell of jet fuel permeated the air. In thick floating mats, pieces of insulation, aluminum and foam, most no larger than a piece of paper, undulated with the sea.

 Overhead, planes and helicopters frantically searched for survivors and pieces of fusillade. A tugboat, a cruise ship and large navy ships, led by the HMCS Preserver, sailed through the waters, dwarfing the searching zodiacs and fishing boats below.




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