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Fishing boat finds remains of missing balloonists

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An Italian fishing boat on Monday pulled the remains of two American balloonists from the Adriatic Sea, ending a two-month hunt for the pair's bodies.

The boat hauled in the balloon and its gondola with the bodies of the Americans still inside while fishing north of Vieste before dawn, said Cmdr. Guido Limongelli of the Vieste port.

The two men had been participating in the 54th Gordon Bennett Gas Balloon Race when contact was lost Sept. 29 as they flew over the Adriatic. They had taken off with some 20 other balloons Sept. 25 from the English city of Bristol.

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