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Associated Press, Published September 17 2010

Chopper crashes into northeast Minnesota lake

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A pilot was rescued after crashing his helicopter into a northeastern Minnesota lake early Friday.

St. Louis County Sheriff's Deputy Nick Voltzke says the chopper crashed on the west side of Island Lake shortly after taking off about 12:30 a.m.

Voltzke says some people on shore who witnessed the crash got in a boat and rescued the pilot, who was taken to a local hospital by ambulance. Authorities say the pilot was conscious and talking when he reached shore.

The Duluth News Tribune says the helicopter remains submerged in Island Lake.

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