Seven Americans were killed in a helicopter crash in waters off Grand Cay, Abaco, police said yesterday.
Police said the helicopter, which departed Big Grand Cay en route to Fort Lauderdale, was reported missing shortly after 2 p.m.
American billionaire Chris Cline is the owner of Big Grand Cay.
Roosevelt Curry, Abaco chief councilor, said last night that Cline was one of the people onboard the helicopter.
No other local authority confirmed this last night, but West Virginia Governor Jim Justice paid tribute to Cline.
“Today we lost a WV superstar and I lost a very close friend,” he said in a tweet.
“Our families go back to the beginning of the Cline empire – Pioneer Fuel.
“Chris Cline built an empire and on every occasion was always there to give.
“What a wonderful, loving and giving man.
“Cathy and I are praying for his family and all those involved in this tragedy.”
Cline was born July 5, 1958.
Officers from the Grand Cay police station, along with local residents, discovered the crash site two miles off Grand Cay shortly after 6 p.m.
The remains of all seven victims, four women and three men, were also discovered at the site, police said.