U.S. Coast Guard ends search for Louisiana teen who went overboard in the Bahamas

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The U.S. Coast Guard has ended their search for a Louisiana teenager who went overboard during a sunset cruise in the Bahamas on Wednesday night.

The agency announced the conclusion of its search for 18-year-old Cameron Robbins, a recent high school graduate, on Saturday after a two-day effort led by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force.

The agency did not clarify if a body was found.

Robbins was in the Bahamas staying at the Atlantis Paradise resort in Nassau with other teenagers from Baton Rouge to mark their high school graduations, Louisiana State University confirmed Thursday.

Robbins graduated from the University Lab High School, which operates as part of LSU, on Sunday. The trip was not a school sanctioned event, according to LSU.

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force contacted the Coast Guard for assistance on Wednesday at 11:30 p.m. after Robbins fell off the Blackbeard's Revenge sunset cruise ship, according to a news release .

"U.S. Coast Guard District Seven deployed multiple search and rescue assets in response to an agency assistance request from our partners in the Royal Bahamas Defence Force," said Lt. Commander Matthew Spado, Coast Guard liaison officer to the Bahamas. "Our Coast Guard command center and aircrews based in Miami supported RBDF search and rescue efforts since the initial report Wednesday evening, and continued through Friday evening."

Search and rescue crews searched more than 325 square miles looking for Robbins.

The active search was suspended by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force pending developments, according to the Coast Guard.

“We offer our sincerest condolences to Cameron Robbins’ family and friends," Spado said.

The agency is encouraging anyone with new information to contact the Coast Guard's District Seven.

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The U.S. Coast Guard has ended their search for a Louisiana teenager who fell overboard from a sunset cruise in the Bahamas on Wednesday night.

Cameron Robbins, 18, from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was staying at the Atlantis Paradise resort in Nassau with other teenagers to celebrate their recent high school graduation, WBRZ reported. Robbins had just graduated from University Lab School a few days earlier.

The group landed in the Bahamas on Wednesday and later went on a pirate-themed sunset cruise with a company called Blackbeard’s Revenge. According to a news release , Royal Bahamas Defence Force personnel contacted Coast Guard District Seven watchstanders on Wednesday at 11:30 p.m. and reported that a man fell off the Blackbeard's Revenge sunset cruise ship and entered the water.

The ship was near Athol Island an uninhabited island located northeast of Nassau, according to WBRZ. Videos show Robbins jumping from the boat and swimming with a life preserver nearby. 

The Royal Bahamas Police Force is investigating claims that Robbins jumped overboard as part of a dare, according to WBRZ. 

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The boat stayed in the area that night for hours after the incident as people looked for Robbins.

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The Coast Guard assisted the Royal Bahamas Defence Force in search efforts by deploying aircrews.

The agency announced it was concluding its search on Friday evening after covering over 325 square miles.

"We were informed by the RBDF this evening that they were suspending the active search efforts pending further developments, and were not requesting further Coast Guard assistance after notifying the Robbins family," said Lieutenant Commander Matthew Spado, Coast Guard liaison officer to the Bahamas, in a statement. 

"We offer our sincerest condolences to Cameron Robbins’ family and friends," Spado added.

The family of Robbins flew out to the Bahamas on Thursday, WAFB reported.

"The Bahamas government has called off the rescue for Cameron and we are returning to Baton Rouge," the family said in a statement. "We want to thank the Bahamas government, the US Coast Guard, the United Cajun Navy, and Congressman Garrett Graves for everything they have done for us. In this time of grief, we thank our family, friends, and well-wishers for granting us the privacy we need to properly remember our son and mourn his loss."

Going overboard on a cruise is a rare occurrence, according to experts. Between 2009 and 2019, 212 overboard incidents were reported worldwide. Of those, only 48 were rescued. Typically, tall railings help prevent accidents. 

Kathleen Wong is a travel reporter for USA TODAY based in Hawaii. You can reach her at [email protected]

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A doomed dare and a haunting video: What we know about Cameron Robbins’ cruise ship disappearance

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Cameron Robbins, an 18-year-old high school graduate, has been missing since 24 May, when he fell overboard on a sunset cruise ship into waters near the Bahamas .

Mr Robbins was celebrating his graduation from the University Laboratory School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana by taking a trip to the Bahamas with other teenagers when the tragic incident occurred.

The group was aboard Blackbeard’s Revenge, a sunset cruise, on 24 May when Mr Robbins went overboard.

According to reports, Mr Robbins allegedly jumped off the boat on a dare. Video taken of the incident shows Mr Robbins swimming in the waters in almost complete darkness.

Afterwards, the 18-year-old disappeared.

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The US Coast Guard and Royal Bahamas Defence Force spent several days searching for Mr Robbings before suspending their search efforts on Saturday, 27 May.

Here’s everything we know about Mr Robbins’ disappearance .

Who is Cameron Robbins?

Cameron Robbins is an 18-year-old boy who recently graduated from high school at University Laboratory School, which operates as part of Louisiana State University, in Baton Rouge.

Mr Robbins played baseball while attending the school, according to reports.

In celebration of graduation, Mr Robbins and other teenagers were on a trip to the Bahamas and staying at the Atlantis Paradise resort in Nassau, Louisiana State University confirmed to NBC News.

The trip was not a school-sanctioned event.

According to a statement from University Lab School Director Kevin George, obtained by local news outlet WAFB , Mr Robbins attended the school for 13 years.

“The University Lab School Community is praying for the best possible outcome of this situation. I have been in touch with Cameron’s family and at this time, authorities are still searching for him in the Bahamas. In times like these, we must come together and support each other. Words fall short of expressing the worry our entire school community is feeling. Extra counselors will be available on campus to speak with students and faculty who are struggling to process this news. Our thoughts are with the Robbins family, and we ask that you keep them in your thoughts as well,” Mr George wrote.

The Independent has reached out to University Laboratory School for comment.

What happened?

Mr Robbins and others on the trip were aboard a sunset cruise on a ship called Blackbeard’s Revenge on the evening on 24 May when Mr Robbins was allegedly dared to jump off the boat.

In a statement provided to The Independent, Jonathan Chia, a representative for Pirates’ Revenge Ltd, the parent company of Blackbeard’s Revenge, said Mr Robbins went overboard at approximately 9.40pm local time in Montagu Bay off Athol Island in the Bahamas.

Video captured in the moments after Mr Robbins jumped into the water showed the 18-year-old swimming around the vessel as passengers on the sunset cruise yelled at him.

In the video, individuals can be heard urging Mr Robbins to grab onto the buoy that they threw into the water for him.

Mr Chia said: “The crew executed the ‘man overboard’ protocol in line with all approved safety procedures and company policies to ensure the best chance of retrieving an individual who has gone overboard.”

Royal Bahamas Defence Force Commodore Raymond King said in a video posted to Facebook that the area where Mr Robbins allegedly jumped into, “is an area that is really shark-infested”.

Rumours of the waters being “shark-infested” have not been confirmed by the US Coast Guard.

The Independent has reached out to the US Coast Guard for comment.

What were the search efforts?

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force contacted the US Coast Guard, District Seven around 11.30pm local time to report Mr Robbins had fallen overboard, according to a statement from the Coast Guard. 

"US Coast Guard District Seven deployed multiple search and rescue assets in response to an agency assistance request from our partners in the Royal Bahamas Defence Force,” Lt Commander Mathew Spado, Coast Guard liaison officer to the Bahamas said in the statement.

Mr Chia said Pirates Revenge Ltd worked closely with Bahamian authorities and the Us Coast Guard during the incident and will continue to participate with authorities in the investigation.

For several days, the Coast Guard and Royal Bahamas Defence Force searched the location and waters surrounding the location Mr Robbins had disappeared in using aircrews and search patterns.

After Coast Guard crews searched more than 325 square miles, they concluded their efforts with the Royal Bahamas Defence Force on 27 May.

"We were informed by the RBDF this evening that they were suspending the active search efforts pending further developments, and were not requesting further Coast Guard assistance after notifying the Robbins family. We offer our sincerest condolences to Cameron Robbins’ family and friends,” Mr Spado said in the statement.

A GoFundMe has been started to benefit Mr Robbins’ family as they deal with the aftermath of the difficult situation.

Although searches have ended, the US Coast Guard is asking anyone with new information to contact the District Seven watchstanders at 305.415.6800.

In a statement, Mr Chia said that Pirates’ Revenge Ltd: “Reviewed all safety measures and protocols and are confident that the company’s practices were and continue to be in line with the highest industry standards to keep its passengers safe. With approval from the Bahamian authorities, Pirates Revenge Ltd has resumed operations of its cruise vessel. We would like to thank the crew for their continued professionalism and for expertly performing their duties during the incident.”

“Our deepest condolences to the Robbins family as they go through this difficult time,” Mr Chia added.

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A spokesperson for the Royal Bahamas Defence Force says that the Louisiana teen who disappeared in the waters off Athol Island "fell" from the ship despite reports that the recent high school graduate jumped overboard. 

Officials were unable to locate Cameron Robbins or his remains despite an intense 48-hour search led by the Defence Force, with the assistance of the United States Coast Guard. 

The star athlete had vanished into the waters of the Bermuda Triangle.

The end of that search marked the start of an investigation by the Royal Bahamas Police Force into how the teenager ended up in the water that night. That investigation is still ongoing at this time, Inside Edition Digital has learned.

Cameron went into the water at approximately 9:30 p.m. on May 25, and two hours later the  Defence Force contacted the U.S. Coast Guard to assist in the search operation, "reporting that a man fell off the Blackbeard's Revenge sunset cruise ship," according to a news release.

The Coast Guard provided updates on social media over the next 48 hours, and when the search was called off two days later, the agency included a map showing the 350-square-mile search area.

Robbins' family released a statement as well a short time later, saying: "The Bahamas government has called off the rescue for Cameron and we are returning to Baton Rouge. We want to thank the Bahamas government, the U.S. Coast Guard, the United Cajun Navy and Congressman Garrett Graves for everything they have done for us. In this time of grief we thank our family, friends and well wishers for granting us the privacy we need to properly remember our son and mourn his loss."

How Cameron disappeared remains unknown .

There are a number of factors that could have played a role in his disappearance.

Weather reports show that it was warm but cloudy and there was little moonlight on the night of May 25, making visibility a problem for the teenager.

There is also a chance that the fall into the water may have caused Cameron to suffer a concussion, one expert tells Inside Edition.

"When he jumped into the water, he could have hit his head on the boat," says swim safety expert Jim Spears. "He could have hit his head on the water, like slapping the water with his head. Either way could cause dizziness, a concussion or confusion."

Further complicating search efforts could be the fact that the continental shelf drops to approximately 30,000 feet just a few hundred meters east of where Cameron fell into the water. That deep drop in the sea floor in the area between Miami, Bermuda and Puerto Rico is used by many experts to explain why people have previously gone missing in the Bermuda Triangle.

Many believe that a shark may have been involved, a theory that first emerged when an official with the Royal Bahamas Defence Force noted that the waters were "shark infested" while announcing the suspension of search efforts.

Video purporting to show Cameron in the water emerged four days later, first appearing on TMZ , which speculated that he had been dared to jump overboard without providing evidence or a source for that information.

A few days later, Fox News ran an interview with a source who wished to remain anonymous, but claimed to be the mother of a teenager who had been friends with Cameron and on the boat that night.

"This was a booze cruise, and they were on their way back when this happened. My son texted me when it happened, saying, ‘Cameron jumped off. They can’t find him.' They were out there until 2, 3 in the morning,'" read the Fox News report. "It was terrible weather that night. The kids were cold, wet and traumatized. The girls were in bikinis and bathing suits. The guys were giving them their shirts. It was a bad time to bring drunk 18-year-olds out into waters near this island where there's nothing."

Official declared Cameron as "missing at sea," and a spokesperson for the United Cajun Navy said that Robbins' family did not wish for the agency to look into the theory that a shark killed the teenager after he went overboard. 

To date however, no member of the Defense Force or Coast Guard has confirmed claims that Cameron jumped overboard.

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Louisiana teen Cameron Robbins missing after going overboard on Bahamas cruise during graduation trip

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May 26, 2023 / 12:08 PM EDT / CBS News

Search crews are looking for a missing American teenager who went overboard during a sunset cruise in the Bahamas, authorities said. Cameron Robbins, 18, was on the trip celebrating his graduation from a Baton Rouge, Louisiana, high school.

The Royal Bahamas Police Force said the teen apparently jumped from a pleasure vessel Wednesday night near Athol Island, near the capital of Nassau. According to CBS affiliate WAFB-TV , witnesses said he was acting on a dare.

In addition to the police, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force are looking for Robbins. The Coast Guard said Thursday evening that air crews were assisting in the search.

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Robbins was on the trip with other recent Baton Rouge high school graduates, according to WAFB-TV. Robbins graduated from University Laboratory School in Baton Rouge on Sunday.

The school's director, Kevin George, said in a statement to the station that the community was praying for the best possible outcome from the search.

"In times like these, we must come together and support each other," George said. "Words fall short of expressing the worry our entire school community is feeling."

A U.S. State Department spokesperson told CBS News the department was aware of reports of a U.S. citizen missing in the Bahamas. The spokesperson said the department works closely with local authorities during searches for missing Americans and shares information with families.

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US teen missing after going overboard on sunset cruise in the Bahamas

Cameron Robbins, 18, went overboard while on a sunset cruise Wednesday night.

A recent high school graduate from Louisiana is missing after going overboard while on a trip to the Bahamas, school officials and the United States Coast Guard said.

Cameron Robbins, who attended University Laboratory School in Baton Rouge, was on a trip with a group of students when he went overboard on Wednesday night, according to school officials.

The incident occurred around 9:40 p.m. local time near the area of Athol Island, according to the Royal Bahamas Police Force.

The 18-year-old "reportedly jumped from a pleasure vessel," the Royal Bahamas Police Force said in a statement.

PHOTO: Students at University Lab School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, hold a prayer circle for a fellow student reported missing in the Bahamas, May 25, 2023.

The U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday that it was assisting with search efforts for a missing U.S. citizen "believed to have fallen overboard from a sunset cruise near Nassau" on Wednesday. A Coast Guard spokesperson confirmed to ABC News that the search was for Robbins.

The teen fell off the Blackbeard's Revenge sunset cruise ship, the Coast Guard said.

The Coast Guard provided air assistance in the search and rescue mission, which was being led by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, according to Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Estrada. But on Friday evening, the Coast Guard was informed by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force that they were suspending the "active search efforts" for Robbins "pending further developments" and were no longer requesting assistance from the Coast Guard after notifying Robbins family, according to Lt. Cmdr. John W. Beal.

"We offer our sincerest condolences to Cameron Robbins’ family and friends," Beal said in a statement.

The Coast Guard said Saturday its crews searched more than 325 square miles before concluding its search efforts.

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The Bahamas vacation was not a school-sanctioned trip but included students from several high schools in the area, including between 10 and 15 students from the Laboratory School, the school's director, Kevin George, told ABC Baton Rouge affiliate WBRZ in an interview on Thursday.

The school just held its graduation on Sunday.

George described Robbins as a "great kid" and athlete who had been with the school for 13 years, since the start of his education.

"Just one of those kids that you're so proud of once they cross the stage," George told WBRZ.

PHOTO: Students at University Lab School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, hold a prayer circle for a fellow student reported missing in the Bahamas, May 25, 2023.

Students held a prayer circle for Robbins on Thursday morning following news that he was reported missing, holding hands outside the Laboratory School, located on the main campus of Louisiana State University.

"It's a tight-knit family," George said. "The kids reached out to us wanting to know, could they do a prayer circle. Obviously we agreed. We really appreciated their leadership in this trying time."

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Robbins has a sister who is a junior at the school, according to George, who said he spoke to their father on Thursday morning.

"It's just a really emotional time for us right now," George said. "Just trying to send up our prayers and give our support."

"Let's continue to pray and pray that we find Cameron safe and sound," he added.

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Cameron robbins, an 18-year-old high school graduate from louisiana, reportedly jumped off a cruise in the bahamas on a dare.

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Video of Cameron Robbins in the water after he went overboard on a Bahamas cruise

Cameron Robbins of Louisiana was celebrating his high school graduation when he was reportedly dared to jump overboard on a cruise.

In a viral video that possibly shows the last moments of Cameron Robbins' life, someone is heard yelling, "bye, bye," as the Louisiana high school graduate disappears into the water and the video cuts off.

Robbins, 18, was on Blackbeard's Revenge sunset cruise in the Bahamas with several hundred students after graduating from Baton Rouge's University Laboratory School (U-High) on May 21.

On May 24, he reportedly jumped overboard into "shark-infested" waters near the uninhabited Athol Island, northeast of Nassau , and a video of Robbins in the water has been seen over 10 million times. 

As the profanity-laced video ends, Robbins swims away from a life preserver, and someone yells, "Oh my f---ing god! Oh, shut the f--- up. Oh, bye, bye."

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Cameron Robbins' last Instagram post from his high school graduation. (Instagram/Cam_Robbins3)

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Cameron Robbins, right, with his family on his graduation day. (Instagram/Cam_Robbins3)

Panic seems to seize other onlookers, as their rapid screams to grab the buoy become louder and more high-pitched. 

Online speculation that Robbins encountered a shark took over social media afterward, and many believe a shark bit him the moment someone says on the video, "Oh, bye, bye."  

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The video has gone through nearly every type of edit — from slowing down the speed to changing the lighting and exposure settings — to "prove" a shark grabbed Robbins, but the cellphone footage is too dark and chaotic to definitively show what happened. 

Brian Trascher, spokesperson for the United Cajun Navy, told Fox News Digital it is consulting with professors at the Louisiana State University Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences for expertise.

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Video of Cameron Robbins in the water after he went overboard on a Bahamas cruise

The search was called off Friday night, two days after he went overboard. 

His family hasn't said anything other than releasing a statement: "The Bahamas government has called off the rescue for Cameron, and we are returning to Baton Rouge.

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"We want to thank the Bahamas government, the U.S. Coast Guard, the United Cajun Navy and Congressman Garret Graves for everything they have done for us. In this time of grief, we thank our family, friends and well wishers for granting us the privacy we need to properly remember our son and mourn his loss."

The community came together during the search for a vigil on May 25, and a memorial is planned for Sunday. 

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A shadowy object, which many on social media speculate is a shark, appears to move toward Cameron Robbins after he reportedly jumped overboard from a Bahamas cruise. (Twitter)

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Cameron Robbins was on a cruise in the Bahamas when he reportedly jumped overboard and vanished. (Instagram/Cam_Robbins3)

Robbins was a standout baseball player in Baton Rouge. The last images he posted were from his graduation day with his family and friends. 

"Cameron is a kid who is truly loved by his teammates, teachers and fellow classmates," U-High baseball coach Justin Morgan said in a statement. "He is a fierce competitor on the baseball field. He is a hard worker both on and off of the playing field. 

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"Our school community is struggling right now. … Our thoughts and prayers have been and will remain with the Robbins family during this difficult time."

His mom "is an indescribably amazing teacher and her kindness and devotion has helped countless children throughout her career," according to a GoFundMe created for the Robbins family. 

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Cameron Robbins surrounded by his friends. (Instagram/Cam_Robbins3)

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Cameron Robbins' yearbook photo. (Family Handout)

Kevin George, the director of Lab School, told local news outlet WBRZ that Robbins is a "special kid."

He's "been here throughout his entire educational career. He's an athlete, great kid, great smile, great head of hair. Just one of the kids you're so proud of when they cross the stage," George said. 

A memorial service for Robbins will be held Sunday at Broadmoor United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge.

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Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The service will begin at 4 p.m.

In lieu of services, a donation in Robbins' name may be made to Christian Homes & Family Services in Abilene, Texas.

Chris Eberhart is a crime and US news reporter for Fox News Digital. Email tips to [email protected] or on Twitter @ChrisEberhart48.

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A Louisiana teenager is missing after he went overboard a sunset cruise during a senior trip just days after graduating

  • The Coast Guard is searching for a Louisiana teen who went overboard on a sunset cruise in the Bahamas.
  • Bahamanian authorities told WBRZ they were investigating claims that the boy went into the water on a dare.
  • Cameron Robbins, 18, was on a post-grad trip with friends after graduating over the weekend. 

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A Louisiana teenager who graduated high school last week is now missing after going overboard a sunset cruise in the Bahamas while on a post-grad trip, according to school officials and local authorities. 

Cameron Robbins, an 18-year-old recent graduate of University Laboratory School in Baton Rouge, was traveling with several fellow seniors to the Bahamas this week when an ocean excursion went awry, Abbi Rocha Laymoun, a spokesperson with Louisiana State University, which oversees the University Laboratory School, confirmed to Insider.

"The group was full of graduating seniors from the Baton Rouge area visiting Atlantis, on Paradise Island," Laymoun said.

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The trip was not an official school-sanctioned vacation. 

Robbins went overboard a small sunset cruise around 9:40 p.m. local time near Athol Island, according to a statement from the Royal Bahamas Defense Force obtained by ABC News. The Bahamanian police force did not respond to Insider's request for comment. 

The US Coast Guard said Thursday that its crews were assisting local officials in the search for Robbins.

The Royal Bahamas Defense Force told local news outlet WBRZ that it was looking into claims that the teenager went into the water on a dare. The boat reportedly stayed in the area for hours as officials searched for Robbins. 

WBRZ said it obtained video that appeared to show Robbins swimming in the dark waters alongside the cruise boat next to a life preserver, but the outlet did not publish the footage. 

Kevin George, director of the University Laboratory School, told WBRZ that Robbins is a "special kid."

"He's an athlete, great kid, great smile, great head of hair. Just one of the kids you're so proud of when they cross the stage," George said. 

In a statement to Insider, George said the school is praying for the best possible outcome. 

"I have been in touch with Cameron's family and at this time, authorities are still searching for him in the Bahamas," George said. "Our thoughts are with the Robbins family, and we ask that you keep them in your thoughts as well."

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BATON ROUGE, La. -- Search efforts for an 18-year-old Louisiana high school graduate who fell overboard a boat in the Bahamas this week have been suspended, the U.S. Coast Guard said Friday, citing the Bahamian military.

Cameron Robbins was on a senior trip, celebrating his graduation from University High Lab School in Baton Rouge, when he fell off the boat Wednesday evening, a spokeswoman for Louisiana State University told CNN .

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force, which had been searching for him, told the U.S. Coast Guard it was suspending active search efforts Friday and that further help from the Coast Guard wasn't needed, the U.S. military branch said.

The U.S. Coast Guard had helped with the search from Wednesday into Friday evening, it said.

"We offer our sincerest condolences to Cameron Robbins' family and friends," the Coast Guard said.

Before the search was suspended, Robbins was described as a "fierce competitor" by his high school baseball coach, Justin Morgan, who told CNN the teenager was both a third baseman and pitcher on the team.

"Cameron is a kid who is truly loved by his teammates, coaches, teachers and fellow classmates," Morgan told CNN. "He is a fierce competitor on the baseball field. He is a hard worker both on and off of the playing field."

Morgan said the school community has been struggling since hearing the news of Robbins' disappearance.

"Our thoughts and prayers have been and will remain with the Robbins family during this time," he said.

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The high school is operated under the university's College of Human Sciences and Education. Robbins attended the school for all 13 years of his education, director Kevin George told CNN affiliate WBRZ.

"That's a special kid that's been here throughout his entire educational career. He's an athlete, great kid, great smile, great head of hair. Just one of the kids you're so proud of when they cross the stage," George said.

"The kids reached out to us wanting to know, could they do a prayer circle? Obviously we agreed. We really appreciated their leadership in this trying time," he continued.

Robbins is believed to have fallen overboard from a sunset cruise near Nassau, the Coast Guard had said.

CNN has reached out to the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and the Royal Bahamas Police Force.

In a statement, Robbins' family said, "The Bahamas government has called off the rescue for Cameron and we are returning to Baton Rouge. We want to thank the Bahamas government, the US Coast Guard, the United Cajun Navy and Congressman Garrett Graves for everything they have done for us. In this time of grief we thank our family, friends and well wishers for granting us the privacy we need to properly remember our son and mourn his loss."

ABC News contributed to this report.

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A doomed dare, haunting video and shark speculation: What we know about Cameron Robbins’ disappearance off a cruise ship

Cameron Robbins, an 18-year-old high school graduate, has been missing since 24 May, when he fell overboard on a sunset cruise ship into waters near the Bahamas .

Mr Robbins was celebrating his graduation from the University Laboratory School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana by taking a trip to the Bahamas with other teenagers when the tragic incident occurred.

The group was aboard Blackbeard’s Revenge, a sunset cruise, on 24 May when Mr Robbins went overboard.

According to reports, Mr Robbins allegedly jumped off the boat on a dare. Video taken of the incident shows Mr Robbins swimming in the waters in almost complete darkness.

Afterwards, the 18-year-old disappeared.

The US Coast Guard and Royal Bahamas Defence Force spent several days searching for Mr Robbings before suspending their search efforts on Saturday, 27 May.

Here’s everything we know about Mr Robbins’ disappearance .

Who is Cameron Robbins?

Cameron Robbins is an 18-year-old boy who recently graduated from high school at University Laboratory School, which operates as part of Louisiana State University, in Baton Rouge.

Mr Robbins played baseball while attending the school, according to reports.

In celebration of graduation, Mr Robbins and other teenagers were on a trip to the Bahamas and staying at the Atlantis Paradise resort in Nassau, Louisiana State University confirmed to NBC News.

The trip was not a school-sanctioned event.

According to a statement from University Lab School Director Kevin George, obtained by local news outlet WAFB , Mr Robbins attended the school for 13 years.

“The University Lab School Community is praying for the best possible outcome of this situation. I have been in touch with Cameron’s family and at this time, authorities are still searching for him in the Bahamas. In times like these, we must come together and support each other. Words fall short of expressing the worry our entire school community is feeling. Extra counselors will be available on campus to speak with students and faculty who are struggling to process this news. Our thoughts are with the Robbins family, and we ask that you keep them in your thoughts as well,” Mr George wrote.

The Independent has reached out to University Laboratory School for comment.

What happened?

Mr Robbins and others on the trip were aboard a sunset cruise on a ship called Blackbeard’s Revenge on the evening on 24 May when Mr Robbins was allegedly dared to jump off the boat.

The Independent has reached out to Blackbeard’s Revenge for comment.

Video captured in the moments after Mr Robbins jumped into the water showed the 18-year-old swimming around the vessel as passengers on the sunset cruise yelled at him.

In the video, individuals can be heard urging Mr Robbins to grab onto the buoy that they threw into the water for him.

Royal Bahamas Defence Force Commodore Raymond King said in a video posted to Facebook that the area where Mr Robbins allegedly jumped into, “is an area that is really shark-infested”.

Rumours of the waters being “shark-infested” have not been confirmed by the US Coast Guard.

The Independent has reached out to the US Coast Guard for comment.

What were the search efforts?

The Royal Bahamas Defence Force contacted the US Coast Guard, District Seven around 11.30pm local time to report Mr Robbins had fallen overboard, according to a statement from the Coast Guard. 

"US Coast Guard District Seven deployed multiple search and rescue assets in response to an agency assistance request from our partners in the Royal Bahamas Defence Force,” Lt Commander Mathew Spado, Coast Guard liaison officer to the Bahamas said in the statement.

For several days, the Coast Guard and Royal Bahamas Defence Force searched the location and waters surrounding the location Mr Robbins had disappeared in using aircrews and search patterns.

#FinalUpdate press release: https://t.co/WyAamjsWl6 — USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast) May 27, 2023

After Coast Guard crews searched more than 325 square miles, they concluded their efforts with the Royal Bahamas Defence Force on 27 May.

"We were informed by the RBDF this evening that they were suspending the active search efforts pending further developments, and were not requesting further Coast Guard assistance after notifying the Robbins family. We offer our sincerest condolences to Cameron Robbins’ family and friends,” Mr Spado said in the statement.

A GoFundMe has been started to benefit Mr Robbins’ family as they deal with the aftermath of the difficult situation.

Although searches have ended, the US Coast Guard is asking anyone with new information to contact the District Seven watchstanders at 305.415.6800.

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Chilling final moments of teen Cameron Robbins after he jumped overboard from cruise ship, according to shark expert

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A SHARK expert has revealed what likely occurred during the final moments of a Louisiana teen's life after jumping off the deck of a cruise ship into dark waters.

On May 24, Cameron Robbins , 18, was with friends on the Blackbeard's Revenge sunset cruise in the Bahamas , celebrating their graduation from University Laboratory School in Baton Rouge .

Louisiana teen Cameron Robbins, 18, was presumed dead after leaping from a Bahamas cruise ship into the ocean

At around 11.30pm witnesses claimed that some in the group dared Robbins to jump off the ship to the water below, which he did.

Robbins went missing immediately after, and a harrowing clip was then shared of the situation from bystanders, where many believe they saw the shadow of a shark come toward the teen before he vanished in the waves.

It's been over a month since Robbins went missing, and an extensive search was called off days after the ordeal.

Now, shark expert Kevin McMurray, who runs a website called trackingsharks.com , has come forward to detail what likely happened to Robbins if it truly was a shark that caused his death.

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"At the beginning of it, it looks like there is a shark or something," McMurray told Mirror after analyzing the blurry footage of Robbins in the water.

"He's in the water, and over to the left, you can see it."

McMurray continued to coincide with opinions several online users had about the video after confusion as to why Robbins didn't swim toward a life ring that was thrown for him.

"Haunting, but you can see the exact moment the shark gets him,” one Twitter user  said  and attached a screenshot of a terrifying shadow only inches away from the 18-year-old.

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Another explained that Robbins could have seen the shark and decided to bolt, which is why he appeared to abandon a life ring.

“He initially goes for the buoy but then turns around when he sees the shark, ultimately disappearing into the water, likely dragged down. Very sad,” they  noted .

The shark expert said: "So my analysis, what I think happened is, he got in the water and he was swimming around, the shark, for some reason, or whatever it is - I'm not for sure saying it is a shark, but it looks a lot like a shark - essentially it comes and surfaces and there's a life ring out to his right."

"So he's looking at whatever popped up out of the water, and instead of swimming toward the life ring he turns around at that point. I think all that splashing we see is just him trying to get away from whatever it is."

McMurray added that "it's always possible" for sharks to attack in the ocean, especially tiger sharks .

Local officials also noted that the waters near Athol Island were home to several breeds of sharks.

Commodore Raymond King of the Royal Bahamas Defense Force (RBDF) said the area was "really shark-infested," per  Daily Mail .

The shark expert told Mirror that even a single bite could risk exposure for Robbins, although he could have been later consumed by the beast , which would lead to incredible difficulty in finding any remains.

"My guess is that if something like that did occur, maybe a single bite or something like that, more than likely, again you can't say because anything's possible, but exposure would probably be what I think would have occurred and he may have died of that," McMurray explained to the publication.

"Either he sank or a shark ate his body, that's possible. There are a lot of tiger sharks there, and they'll scavenge."

McMurray added that "recovering [Robbins' body] would be nearly impossible. Something like that, you're talking about a massive search area with currents and all that."

Crews from the boat and several agencies, including the United States Coast Guard and the Royal Bahamas Defense Force, spanned over 325 miles searching for Robbins.

His family released a statement after the announcement of the search's end on May 26.

"The Bahamas government has called off the rescue for Cameron, and we are returning to Baton Rouge," they said, per Daily Mail.

"We want to thank the Bahamas government, the US Coast Guard, the United Cajun Navy, and Congressman Garrett Graves for everything they have done for us."

"In this time of grief, we thank our family, friends, and well-wishers for granting us the privacy we need to properly remember our son and mourn his loss," the family continued.

Robbins was a star  baseball  player at University Laboratory School.

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Chilling last words shouted at missing teen after he jumped off cruise ship into shark-infested waters

Chilling last words shouted at missing teen after he jumped off cruise ship into shark-infested waters

Cameron robbins has been missing since 24 may when he went overboard a cruise ship.

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A viral video of a teenager who has gone missing appearing to jump overboard from a cruise ship may contain the last words he heard.

18-year-old Cameron Robbins of Louisiana was celebrating his high school graduation on board the cruise ship in the Bahamas when he was filmed going overboard on 24 May.

In the video of the incident, which has been claimed to be a dare , it shows Cameron in the water after witnesses said he jumped overboard into the water at around 9:40pm local time.

He was last seen paddling around in the water before disappearing from view, with the boat staying in place for several hours in an attempt to find Robbins.

Official search attempts for the 18-year-old were called off on 27 May as the Royal Bahamas Defence Force and the US Coast Guard Southeast were unable to locate him in the water.

The video of Cameron in the water has gone viral since his disappearance and some viewers believe they've spotted something moving in the water which could be a shark .

Cameron Robbins went missing on 24 May after allegedly jumping overboard from a cruise ship for a dare.

Whatever happened to Cameron, the former University Laboratory School student has not been seen since his fellow passengers on the cruise ship saw him disappear from view shortly after going overboard.

The footage also contains the last words that Cameron may have heard before going missing that night on 24 May.

One person can be heard shouting 'bye bye' to the 18-year-old as he's in the water, as several people on board the cruise ship attempt to get his attention as he swims.

Several others could be heard shouting to him that he's swimming away from a buoy which would have helped keep him afloat in the sea.

Shouts of 'grab the buoy' and 'hey the buoy' attempting to keep Cameron afloat and where they could see him appeared to be in vain as he didn't turn back round to grab the floating object.

Cameron was filmed by others on the cruise ship who urged him to swim towards a buoy which would help keep him afloat.

He then vanished from the view of the panicked onlookers and has not been seen since, with the water he went into described as 'really shark infested' by Royal Bahamas Defense Force Commodore Raymond King.

Cameron's family released a statement following the announcement that the search for him had been called off.

They said: "The Bahamas government has called off the rescue for Cameron, and we are returning to Baton Rouge.

"We want to thank the Bahamas government, the U.S. Coast Guard, the United Cajun Navy and Congressman Garret Graves for everything they have done for us.

"In this time of grief, we thank our family, friends and well wishers for granting us the privacy we need to properly remember our son and mourn his loss."

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Joe graduated from the University of Salford with a degree in Journalism and worked for Reach before joining the LADbible Group. When not writing he enjoys the nerdier things in life like painting wargaming miniatures and chatting with other nerds on the internet. He's also spent a few years coaching fencing. Contact him via [email protected]

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FILE - The fireboat John J. Harvey passes the Statue of Liberty, Oct. 28, 2011, in New York Harbor. A man was arrested Thursday, April 11, 2024, for allegedly taking the decommissioned New York City fire boat for an overnight cruise on the Hudson River, before becoming stuck and jumping ship. He then boarded a second stolen vessel, police said, which he sailed roughly one nautical mile (1.8 kilometers) south until he was taken into custody on its deck. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

FILE - The fireboat John J. Harvey passes the Statue of Liberty, Oct. 28, 2011, in New York Harbor. A man was arrested Thursday, April 11, 2024, for allegedly taking the decommissioned New York City fire boat for an overnight cruise on the Hudson River, before becoming stuck and jumping ship. He then boarded a second stolen vessel, police said, which he sailed roughly one nautical mile (1.8 kilometers) south until he was taken into custody on its deck. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

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NEW YORK (AP) — A man was arrested Thursday for allegedly taking a decommissioned New York City fireboat for an overnight cruise on the Hudson River, before becoming stuck, jumping ship and stealing another vessel, police said.

He was charged with two counts of grand larceny, officials said. He had not been arraigned as of Thursday afternoon and it was not immediately clear if he had a lawyer.

The man commandeered the fireboat, known as the John J. Harvey, by untying it from its mooring at Pier 66 off the west side of Manhattan, according to authorities. The 130 foot (40 meter) long vessel, which now serves as a museum, earned local acclaim after it was used to evacuate survivors of 9/11.

Once aboard the fireboat, the man was able to drift a short distance into the Hudson River, police said, but quickly got stuck. He leapt overboard, plunging into the frigid waters and later emerging on a second stolen vessel, according to police.

He navigated that sailboat toward Pier 51, roughly 15 blocks south of the original location, police said. The department’s Harbor Unit responded to a 2:30 a.m. call about a stolen boat and arrested the man on the sailboat’s deck.

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A spokesperson for the Hudson River Park Trust, which oversees Pier 66, said the fireboat is secure and being assessed for damage.

Built in 1931, the Harvey assisted in several dramatic marine rescues, helping to put out a potentially catastrophic fire aboard the El Estero, a munitions ship docked in the New York Harbor during World War II.

It was retired in 1994, but was called back into service on the morning of 9/11 to help pick up survivors and to pump water onto the site.

The boat’s caretakers offer occasional free public cruises along the Hudson River.

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A cruise turned into a nightmare for people aboard Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas when a young man jumped overboard shortly after 4 a.m. Thursday.

The 18-story ship was sailing between Cuba and the Bahamas’ Grand Inagua Island when the as-yet-unidentified man jumped off one of the decks.

According to onlookers, his father and brother watched helplessly as he leaped over the side.

Some passengers said it appeared to be an impulsive, spur-of-the-moment decision. 

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“I had hung out with him and his brother in the hot tub until 3:30,” passenger Bryan Sims tells The Post. ” It was standing room only. He sat right beside me the whole time.”

“He was pretty drunk,” Sims continues.

“As we were walking from the hot tub back to the elevators, his dad and brother were walking towards us. His dad was fussing at him for being drunk, I guess.” “When we got to them, he said to his dad, ‘I’ll fix this right now.’ And he jumped out the window in front of us all.” 

“There was a lot of yelling, and the crew was alerted immediately,” another passenger,  Deborah Morrison, told The Post.

“His family was horrified. Just beside themselves. I can’t even begin to imagine what they’re going through.”

“It was insane,” says Sims. “It was just surreal.” 

In a statement to The Post, Royal Caribbean said its crew immediately sprang into action following the incident.

“The ship’s crew immediately launched a search and rescue effort alongside the US Coast Guard, who has taken over the search,” the statement reads.

“Our Care Team is providing support and assistance to the guest’s family during this difficult time. For the privacy of the guest and their family, we have no additional details to share.”

News of the apparent suicide attempt quickly spread among the guests — and many of them tried to help in any way they could.

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“The early morning was definitely somber as so many people came out of their cabins to stare at the sea, hoping to be able to aid in finding the person,” said Amy Phelps Fouse, a passenger on the ship.

“Royal Caribbean has been excellent at communicating updates throughout the day,” Fouse continued. “They have asked that people act with compassion in light of the tragic situation.”

Overboard incidents on cruise ships are rare.

According to the Washington Post , about 386 people were reported to have gone overboard on the major cruise lines between 2000 to 2020.

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The incidents, whether accidental or intentional, are often deadly.

In the past few years, most cruise lines have enacted onboard safety measures and surveillance systems to help reduce the risk of overboard deaths.

The Coast Guard confirmed to The Post it is still conducting a search and rescue operation in the waters off Cuba. The man has not yet been found.

If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or are experiencing a mental health crisis and live in New York City, you can call 1-888-NYC-WELL for free and confidential crisis counseling. If you live outside the five boroughs, you can dial the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention hotline at 988 or go to  SuicidePreventionLifeline.org .

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