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Saturday, September 5, 1998 Published at 21:23 GMT 22:23 UK

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Candles lit for air crash victims

A solitary mourner remembers a loved one

A candle has been lit for each of the 229 victims of the Swissair crash at a memorial service in Geneva on Switzerland's national day of morning.

Almost 3,000 people, including relatives of the dead, attended the interfaith service at the Saint Pierre cathedral.

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The simple memorial included prayers from Protestant, Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox priests, and from the Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist faiths.

Vincent Schmid, the vicar of the cathedral, said prayer and music would express what words could not.

Over on the other side of the world more than 300 grieving relatives made their pilgrimage to the Canadian coastline where Flight 111 plunged into icy Atlantic waters on Thursday.

Tom Carver reports on mourners' sad journey to Nova Scotia
Huddled on rocks at Peggy's Cove, they sent wreaths out to sea and carried away jars of water from the ocean where their loved ones died.

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Relatives comfort each other on the coast
Claire Mortimer, 45, daughter of John Mortimer, a former New York Times executive who died in the crash, said: "My father would have wanted me to be here.

"It's ironic that he has died in the ocean that he loved... In an odd way, it's very comforting to me to come here and see this beautiful place."

Tom Carver reports on the rescue operation
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police deployed boats to take wreaths out to the crash site, a few kilometres from shore, and bring back jars of seawater as keepsakes for relatives.

Victim's brother dies on way to memorial

But for one family there was double tragedy after the brother of one crash victim died from a heart attack on his way to a memorial service in Zurich.

The 37-year-old man was on a Swissair flight from Chicago which made an emergency landing in Toronto when he was taken ill.

Search for clues

The fated Flight 111, en route from New York's John F Kennedy Airport to Geneva, plunged into the sea off Nova Scotia just 10 minutes from Halifax airport.

Airline officials have told how the pilots issued frantic distress calls as smoke filled the cockpit.

Sixteen minutes later it vanished from radar screens.

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Divers and naval vessels have intensified the search for the flight-recorders which could provide vital clues to the crash.

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