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Divers Searching for JFK Jr., Others

July 19, 1999

AQUINNAH, Mass. (AP) _ Divers set out in boats today and a high-tech vessel with side-scan sonar scoured the bottom of the ocean to find out what happened to the plane that carried John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife and her sister.

The Kennedy family, meanwhile, stayed in seclusion and kept a flag flying at full staff.

Divers planned to search at least two locations pinpointed by the Rude, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research vessel.

Ten state police divers in gray shirts and blue shorts boarded two boats about noon at Menemsha Harbor in Chilmark, on the west end of the Vineyard. A third vessel left carrying oxygen tanks and dive suits.

``We’re on our way out,″ said state trooper Blake Gilmore, a dive team leader.

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