BREAKING NEWS: (August 20, 2014) — Four of Aqua Sun Investments’ top executives were killed yesterday when the Cessna 340 they were in crashed in shallow seas a few miles from Grand Bahama International Airport. The four men were on their way to Freeport’s Island Seas Resort, an Aqua Sun property.
Apparently killed on impact were Dean Carlson, Vice President; Aqua Sun’s managing director and attorney R. Michael Kennedy of Deland, FL; Terry Haines, head of sales and marketing, also of Ormond Beach; and Matthew Sokolowski, of Clearwater, FL and head of IT. Carlson, who is also managing member of Buy4, LLC, was piloting the plane.
Mike Kennedy, 65, who was Aqua Sun’s attorney for 30 years, had offices in both Ormond Beach and Freeport, Bahamas and flew once or twice a week to work at the Freeport office.
The plane crashed just five or six miles from the runway around 11 a.m. on Monday morning but because the tide was out several hours passed before boats could reach it. Involved in the search and rescue were the U.S. Coast Guard, which deployed a helicopter crew from the Coast Guard Air Station in Clearwater, FL along with the Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association and the Royal Bahamian Police Force.
According to an article in Tribune242, it was a very horrendous crash; the whole front end of the plane was pushed in at least 10ft, and the bodies were very mutilated.
The bodies were recovered in the afternoon and transported to Rand Memorial Hospital morgue. They will be released to the families once autopsies have been completed.
Aqua Sun Investments also owns and operates the Georgian Inn Beach Club, a timeshare property in Ormond Beach, FL.