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The three boats involved in recovery efforts return to McQuade Small Craft Harbor on Monday, June 9, 2014. Officials hoped to recover both the pilot’s body and the plane wreckage from 137 feet, but were forced to leave the wreckage for another day. DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE/Steve Kuchera

Pilot’s body recovered, plane remains at bottom of Lake Superior

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DULUTH — It was nearing sunset when they appeared. Three vessels. Three frothing wakes. One carrying a body reclaimed from Saturday’s plane crash.

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That was the sum total of a 12-hour day on Lake Superior, Monday, where 14 rescuers from a host of agencies spent the day first trying to raise the wreckage, then settling for the most precious result.

“Getting the wreckage was secondary to getting the victim,” said Capt. Tom Crossmon of the St. Louis County Rescue Squad.

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