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Investigators recover helicopter that crashed in Bahamas

Investigators recover helicopter that crashed in Bahamas”

President Trump on Friday offered his "deepest sympathies" to the family of West Virginia businessman and philanthropist Chris Cline, who died alongside his daughter in a helicopter crash off the coast of the Bahamas on July 4.

The Air Accident Investigation Department of the Bahamas said via Twitter late Friday that salvage teams were "in place at the crash site" and were conducting "underwater surveying and mapping of debris field".

The accident investigation department also says it's interviewing witnesses on Big Grand Cay.

According to family friend Lauree Simmons, it was 22-year-old Kameron who had a medical emergency, prompting her dad to try to rush her to a Florida hospital in his chopper. Then Delaney "went to the Bahamas to meet her childhood best friend", Kameron Cline, whom she had not seen in about a year. In West Virginia, Mr Cline was known for his philanthropy, including donating several million dollars to his alma mater, Marshall University, where an athletics complex was named after him.

Authorities said no distress call is believed to have been made and information still needed to be gathered before they could draw conclusions.

The heiress's best friend insisted on coming along in case she could lend a hand, Wykle's mother said.

Cline's helicopter took off from Big Grand Cay in the Bahamas around 2 a.m. local time Thursday and was reported missing more than 12 hours later around 2:50 p.m. when it didn't arrive in Fort Lauderdale, its intended destination.

Kameron was killed alongside her father, friends Brittney Searson, Delaney Wykle and Jillian Clark, and helicopter pilot David Jude.

Trump sent the condolence message in a tweet Friday night from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, where he is spending the holiday weekend, the New York Post reports. That's how she ended up on the helicopter.

Joe Carey is a spokesman for Cline's lawyer in West Virginia, Brian Glasser. "Please keep the Jude family in your thoughts and prayers in this hard time", it said in a statement.

Bahamas Police Supt. Shanta Knowles said Saturday that Geoffrey Painter of Barnstaple in the United Kingdom also was killed, and she confirmed the other victims' identities to The Associated Press. Cline was a billionaire coal tycoon and has been major donor to Republican politicians.

The department said its investigators would be assisted by the National Transportation Safety Board, the Federal Aviation Administration, the manufacturer of the aircraft and engine and other agencies.

Chris Cline speaks as Marshall University dedicates the new indoor practice facility as the Chris Cline Athletic Complex in Huntington, W.Va., on September 6, 2014.



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