Kennedy crash bodies are brought ashore

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The Independent Online
THE BODIES of John F Kenn- edy Junior, his wife, Carolyn Bessette, and her sister, Lauren, were brought to dry land on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, last night. Hours earlier, US Navy divers had found them trapped inside the wreckage of their small plane that crashed into the Atlantic off Martha's Vineyard on Friday evening.

The bodies, landed just before dusk, were taken for examination by state coroners before being returned to the Kennedy and Bessette families.

A memorial service will be held for Mr Kennedy, 38, and his wife at the small St Thomas More church in Manhattan tomorrow. President Clinton and Hillary Clinton will attend.

The breakthrough in the search came late on Tuesday when a remote-operated submarine, lowered from the USS Grasp, a salvage vessel, located the wreckage. Video pictures from a camera on the submersible relayed to the Grasp showed the figure of Mr Kennedy inside.

Yesterday morning divers found all three victims in what was left of the Piper Saratoga plane which was on its way from New Jersey. The impact of the crash had ripped the wings and the engine from the fuselage.

Soon afterwards, Senator Edward Kennedy was taken by helicopter and boat to the Grasp to witness the last stages of the recovery effort.

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