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Piecing Together Broken Lives

A field of debris spreads miles from Swissair Flight 111's crash site.

The military and the Coast Guard have been joined by
fishing vessels, boatmen trying to piece together broken lives from shattered debris.

A passport found was issued August of 1998. It has the photograph of a young girl -- 17 years old.

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"She just got her passport a month ago," said one rescue worker, "I don't know if she's ever been anywhere, but this may have been her first trip. Unfortunately it's probably her last trip."

Eugene Young, his daughter, Natasha, and son-in-law, Lionel are in the Coast Guard auxiliary.

Eugene said, "I don't want this ever to happen to me ever. It's just a sad, sad thing."

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Back on shore, Eugene's wife, Suzie, went to work after a sleepless night.

She said, "It was a little scary. I didn't know how rough it was out. But I stayed up all night." She's proud of her family but said it was not good what they're seeing, but that's their duty to go when they're called.

"You can knock on any door in this community and ask for help and they'll give it to you," said Reverend Richard Walsh who has been minister to the people in the coastal community for years.

"It's shaken everybody. And I think tomorrow will probably be worse than today," he said.

Thursday's search in the north Atlantic is a grim reminder of the tragedy that touched this maritime community 86 years ago. Hundreds of bodies were recovered from the sea and brought to the nearby port town of Halifax after the sinking of the "Titanic."

Reported by Troy Roberts
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