Teen who was about to propose to his girlfriend died after being swept away by a wave

Mar 19, 2018
10:49 P.M.

This young man wanted to make the most out of his vacations, but he couldn't be expecting the fate he was about to face.


According to Inside Edition, a Michigan 19-year-old boy died just hours after asking his girlfriend's family for permission to marry her.

Jonathan Brussow and his 20-year-old girlfriend, Athena Williams, were on vacation in the Bahamas on Monday, March 12, 2018, when a huge wave swept him away.

The night before Brussow's unexpected death, he sat down with Williams' family to ask them for permission to marry her.

After his body was found, his girlfriend is encouraging the community to celebrate his life as she shared his last words with some media outlets.


Before the sun rose that morning, Brussow and Williams’ brother, Eric, went for a hike up a tall cliff nearby when this giant wave swept them into the water.

Although he suffered broken ribs and deep cuts, Eric was able to grab onto a rock and survived, however, he had to run a mile to get help before he was transported to a hospital.

At 11 a.m., Williams got a message that Brussow wasn't with Erik. They called the embassy, the Nassau Coast Guard, the U.S. Coast Guard, and even the local police enforcement to find him.


Brussow's parents immediately flew to the island and, with help from locals, they searched for Brussow for days, but a tropical storm hit the island, making their search difficult.

William's credits the Bahamians for their ability to continue the search against all odds. Days later, Brussow's body was found.

The couple first met at a bonfire during the summer after the two finished eighth grade. During ninth grade, they rode the same school bus and one morning, Brussow sat in the seat next to her and were together since.

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