All seven people aboard the helicopter died when it crashed Thursday into waters off Walker's Cay, according to Dionisio D'Aguilar, the minister of Tourism and Aviation.
Chris Cline has tragically died at 60 years old after the helicopter he was riding in crashed after taking off from Grand Cay in the Bahamas around 2:00 a.m. on July 4.
US Senator Sue Cline wrote: "Prayers for family and friends of my great friend Chris Cline and his daughter Cameron and her dear friends who we loss (sic) today in a helicopter crash".
She said then: "I'm happy". "Their legacy of love and inspiration will live on through all of us".
Bahamian police have not yet identified a cause for the crash, but they said they are investigating with civil aviation authorities now. The aircraft was later found overturned in 16 feet of water about 2 miles from where it took off. The police said four women and three men were onboard, but they did not release the names of those killed. The bodies have been moved to the capital in Nassau for official identification, according to The Associated Press.
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Cline resides in Seminole Landing, Florida, near North Palm Beach, the newspaper reported. "We were so close, all of us were". The news site also reported the following about Cline. He formed his energy development group, the Cline Group, in 1990 and went on to develop and operate some of the most productive underground coal mines in the U.S.
At the age of 22, Cline followed his father's and grandfather's footsteps into the underground coal mines of southern West Virginia, according to the website of his company, Foresight Energy. According to the Daily Mirror, Mr Cline was renowned for starting Foresight Energy.
"Our hearts are heavy with the awful news this evening of the passing of prominent Son of Marshall Chris Cline", Marshall University President Jerome A. Gilbert said on Twitter. Before Trump was elected president, Cline originally donated to a different Republican - Jeb Bush - making a $1 million contribution to a super-PAC supporting Bush's campaign. It also lists Cline as a top individual contributor to GOP candidates in 2016.
West Virginia Coal Association President Bill Raney described him as "a very farsighted entrepreneur" with a "Midas touch".
He started The Cline Family Foundation to support educational instituations. Later that year, the group announced another $5 million donation, to Cline's alma mater, Marshall University, for sports medicine research.