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7 bodies recovered from wreckage of float plane, 3 still missing as search ends

Bodies of seven of the people who perished in the September 4, 2022 float plane crash near Whidbey Island have been recovered. The wreckage was found at a depth of 190  feet.

The bodies of passengers Sandra Williams, Luke Ludwig and Rebecca Ludwig, Ross Mickel and the pilot Jason Winters have been found and identified by the U.S. Navy and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Patricia Hicks body was found at Dungeness Spit two weeks earlier. The body of Gabby Hanna was recovered by boaters immediately after the crash.

Three are still missing. Joanne Mera; Ross Mickel's pregnant wife Lauren Hilty, and their young son Remy Mickel. According to the family, the baby was going to be named Luca.

The official recovery effort ended last Friday. The missing people's familes are hoping to find a way to continue searching.

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