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Crashed Arctic helicopter found

09/24/2013 01:08 EDT | Updated 11/24/2013 05:12 EST
The chopper that went down earlier this month in the M'Clure Strait in Arctic waters has been found. But now it has to be recovered from the depths.

Three men died in the crash, after the helicopter took off from the coast guard icebreaker the Amundsen two weeks ago. The helicopter never returned. When the Amundsen hurried to investigate, crew members found the bodies of the three men floating in the water, wearing their survival suits.

After the accident, the Amundsen returned to Resolute Bay, Nunavut, with the bodies. It later returned to the scene to recover the chopper from the frigid water.

The Transportation Safety Board said a remote-operated vehicle found the helicopter.

The coast guard, ArcticNet and the TSB are working together to recover it. But they say ice and weather conditions are making that difficult.

"While the aim is to recover the helicopter as quickly as possible, ensuring the safety of the personnel and vessels involved in this operation is a first priority," the TSB said in a release.

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