A shocking new video shows a missing Louisiana teen who allegedly jumped off a boat on a dare while on a high school graduation trip to the Bahamas.
A Lousiana State University (LSU) spokesperson confirmed to WBRZ that 18-year-old Cameron Robbins fell from the Blackbeard’s Revenge sunset cruise at around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday. The U.S. Coast Guard reportedly called off a search for the boy on Friday.
Missing Louisiana Teen Cameron Robbins Jumped From Boat On Dare, New Video Shows
Robbins had been celebrating with fellow University High Lab School students at the time of the incident.
Authorities with the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) and US Coast Guard launched a widespread, two-day search operation. Helicopters and surveillance aircraft ultimately failed to locate the missing teen.
The search was officially suspended on Friday.
Meanwhile, a haunting new video emerged Monday, appearing to show the chaotic scene on the boat immediately following Robbins’ jumping ship.
Video obtained by WBRZ shows Robbins swimming in the ocean without a life jacket on, dressed only in swim trunks. Fellow onlookers yelled in response.
“This kid f*****g jumped off!” one person can be heard shouting. “Oh, my f*****g god. Oh, shut the f**k up. Oh, bye…bye… Oh … s**t!” another says.
Others yell out: “Grab the buoy.. grab the buoy.”
According to witnesses, the video shows Robbins drifting in the other direction away from the body before disappearing entirely into the vast ocean waters.
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U.S. Coast Guard, Royal Bahamas Defence Force End Rescue Mission Friday After Two-Day Search
The cruise ship initially searched for several hours for the missing student without any success. That’s when the Coast Guard and Royal Bahamas Defence Force launched their similarly failed search-and-rescue mission.
The Royal Bahamas Police Force is investigating claims that Robbins jumped from the ship on a dare.
Robbins fell from the boat near Athol Island, northeast of Nassau, the US Coast Guard said.
The teens’ family flew out to the Bahamas on Thursday, according to WAFB.
They said they were returning to Raton Rouge when the search was called off.
“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,” the statement read, according to USA Today.
Additionally, the family thanked the public for extending them “privacy” during their time to remember their son and “mourn his loss.”
Family, School Staffers Remember Robbins As Star Athlete, “Fierce Competitor”
Meanwhile, friends and former teachers honored Robbins during a prayer circle at the school last week.
Justin Morgan, the teens’ high school baseball coach, told CNN Robbins was a “fierce competitor.” The teen had played third baseman and pitcher, Morgan added.
Robbins had attended the school for 13 years, according to Kevin George, the director of LSU’s College of Human Sciences and Education.
“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 told CNN.
In a news release on Friday, the US Coast Guard offered Robbins’ family their condolences after suspending search efforts for the teen.