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St. Augustine honors 5 lives lost at sea

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Updated: 8/31/2013 11:47 am
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A ceremony was held Saturday at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum in honor of five souls lost at sea off the coast of the nation's oldest city.

Residents of Jacksonville and St. Augustine gathered in remembrance of four U.S. Coast Guard flight crewmen and angler Steve Senecal.

A recently restored 1933 bronze bell will once again sit outside the museum.

The bell was originally dedicated in 1991 after four members of the Coast Guard were killed in a training exercise in 1990.

Senecal's name was added to the memorial after he never returned from an offshore fishing trip in 2007.

"We're excited that the bell is now restored to its original glory and will shine in memory of loved ones lost," said First Light Maritime Society Executive Director Kathy A. Fleming. "It's a beautiful memorial and we are honored to work with others to restore this memorable part of the St. Augustine Lighthouse's maritime history, and create this special spot to remember loved ones."

Officials say the restoration was needed because the bell was rapidly starting to deteriorate after more than two decades in Florida's harsh climate.

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