Christopher McGrory falls to his mystery death at his own bachelor party on Bahamas bound cruise ship, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line.
Christopher McGrory, 29, was celebrating his upcoming December 1 wedding when he fell to his death aboard a Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line ship.
McGrory was a passenger on the cruise liner’s 1,680-passenger Grand Classica ship, which set off from the Port of Palm Beach to Freeport in the Bahamas on Friday.
The boat was 13 miles east of the port when the US Coast Guard received a call for help around 8pm and arrived with a crew from the Riviera Beach Fire-Rescue.
McGrory was brought to shore and taken to St Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, where he was pronounced dead.
Marcia Lehmann, a passenger on the ship, said she thought someone had a heart attack when she first heard the ‘code blue’ alert over the intercom.
‘All we could see was pools and pools of blood and a white sheet,’ she told The Palm Beach Post.
‘He fell above us, so it had to have been either the 10th or 11th deck.’
McGrory – who worked as an analyst for Wells Fargo – was engaged to be married to Jessica Arnett, who he met four years ago in Tallahassee.
Christopher McGrory fiance posts tribute:
Come Monday, Arnett wrote a tribute to her fiancé.
‘With a heavy, heavy broken heart, it kills me to write this as it all seems surreal,’ she posted on Facebook.
‘But I should tell you all my sweet sweet Chris was in a tragic accident and has passed away.’
‘I’m at a loss for words. That man was my true love and my best friend. Please keep us all in your prayers.’
Arnett’s grandmother Jean said McGrory was ‘the love of her life’.
The couple had planned to marry in Yulee, where Arnett was raised, she told the Palm Beach Post.
Jean does not know what happened at the bachelor party.
She said one member in attendance was McGrory’s brother.
The Coast Guard said it will not release any information about what happened on the ship while the investigation is ongoing.
A spokesman for Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line would only say that the Coast Guard evacuated a passenger ‘due to a medical emergency’.
The boat continued to Grand Bahama Island following the tragic accident.
‘Our thoughts and prayers go out to the guest’s family at this time,’ the cruise line’s statement read.
‘We commend the crew and US Coast Guard for their swift response.’