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Wisconsinite part of group to find Great Lakes' deepest shipwreck

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EAU CLAIRE, WI (WTAQ) - A group that included a Wisconsin man has found what may be the deepest shipwreck in the history of the Great Lakes. 

Robert Nelson of Eau Claire joined Jerry Eliason of Cloquet Minnesota and Ken Merryman of Minneapolis to get video footage of the "Scotiadoc," which went down near Thunder Bay Ontario in 1953. 

One person was killed after the freighter collided with another. It was found in over 850 feet of water.

Earlier this year, the group found a sunken freighter off the shore of Marquette Michigan with the help of a sonar unit and raw government data. 

In early September, the team went out again after getting a search permit from Canadian authorities and proper gear -- plus favorable weather. That's when they filed the name of the "Scotiadoc" on the side of the sunken ship. 

Eliason said the boat came to the group's attention as it was looking for another shipwreck in the same area at Thunder Bay. 

They've been searching for the Scotiadoc since the early 2000's. Kraig Smith of Rice Lake was among those making occasional search trips over the years.

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