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Groom-to-Be Dies on Bachelor Party Cruise

Christopher McGrory's fiancee describes a 'broken heart'
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 24, 2018 9:40 AM CDT
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line's Grand Celebration is seen docked in Freeport, Bahamas, in 2016.   (Wikimedia/Beyond My Ken)

(Newser) – With less than two months to go until his wedding, Florida's Christopher McGrory boarded Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line's Grand Classica ship planning to celebrate his last days as a bachelor. But the party was short-lived, per the Palm Beach Post. In what his fiancee calls "a tragic accident," the 29-year-old groom-to-be fell from the ship heading from Palm Beach to Freeport in the Bahamas around 8pm Friday, landing on a lower deck. One passenger who recalled seeing "pools and pools of blood" said he fell from the 10th or 11th deck, per the Post. The US Coast Guard rushed from its Lake Worth station to the ship, 13 miles from port, and transported McGrory to shore. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the guest's family at this time," a spokesman for the cruise line says, per People. Meanwhile, McGrory's fiancee, Jessica Arnett, describes "a heavy, heavy broken heart" in a Facebook post. "I'm at a loss for words, that man was my true love and my best friend. Please keep us all in your prayers," she writes. Her grandmother tells the Post that the couple, both graduates of Florida State University, were much in love, having met four years ago in Tallahassee. Instead of the expected Dec. 1 wedding date in Yulee, McGrory's funeral is set for 11am Wednesday in Stuart. (Another bachelor party this month in Costa Rica ended with the deaths of four celebrants.)

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