A witness to the crash that killed coal king Chris Cline said the billionaire's helicopter "did not come very high. It went up and in about five minutes it was just a "boop". The light just disappeared and it was a loud crash. It was a loud bang in the water.
Mathien McIntosh, who worked for Cline, told the Nassau Guardian newspaper in the Bahamas that he and his brother-in-law "jumped into our boats and we went in search of them." This was around 2:30 in the morning.
"Where it was so dark, we really could not see anything because it was too dark, so we called back to the island and they said," No, no, no. The helicopter is back in the USA. "Well, I said OK, okay."
But at 14 o'clock in the morning. On Thursday, police reported that Cline's plane, which had flown from Big Grand Cay to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was missing.
McIntosh returned to Big Grand Cay to tell the news to Cline's staff, and then set off with officials to find the helicopter.
When officers finally located the crash site, McIntosh said he was "broken."
Cline and six others, including his daughter, were killed.
"All were just dazed. Man, it was just tears, you know? It was just tears.
He was also present when divers pulled Cline's body out of the water.
McIntosh tried to tell the discovery.
"Mr. Cline was indeed … one of the first to come out," he said and suppressed tears.
"… At that moment a child came out. There were four children and they were about 19 to 21 years old, children in their heyday. They had just graduated from college and came home to have fun and then boom. here today and tomorrow away.
McGarrett Russell, a local resident, said he and his son had gone to sea with other members of the search and rescue team.
He said they had stumbled upon an area that looked "suspicious in the water."  Bahamian Police Marine Unit
"[My son] put on his scuba gear and he got into the water to identify what the object was," Russell said.
"He went down there and when he ascended [came]he told us what he saw and it was sad he said he saw people on board, they all seemed to have intact seat belts."
He added "My son said he had to take the pilot's hand off the air traffic controllers, it was very hard because it was stiff." [but] He said everyone was intact, as if no one was trying to loosen the seatbelt and doors [were]. "
Police said four women and three men were on helicopters.
According to the State Department, 31 Americans died in air accidents in the Bahamas between January 2003 and December 2018.