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OCEANA COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) - Excavating and towing companies have retrieved a helicopter that crashed in early December in Leavitt Township.

The December 1 crash into Tanner's Swampkilled Thomas Slocum of Hart. The terrain where the crash took place was very rough and crews were just able to retrieve the helicopter over the weekend.

The Oceana County Sheriff's Department says that White Lake Excavating& Eagle Towing completed the removal using a mini-excavator pulling a large sled through the swamp.

The passenger in helicopter, Matt Williams of Hart,survived the crash.