Search called off for teen who went overboard while on graduation celebration cruise in the Bahamas

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The search for a Louisiana teen who went overboard while on a graduation celebration cruise has been called off, the United States Coast Guard announced Friday, citing Bahamian military officials.

“We were informed by [Royal Bahamas Defence Force] this evening that they were suspending the active search efforts pending further developments & were not requesting further @USCG assistance after notifying the Robbins family,” said Lt. Cmdr. Matt Spado, Coast Guard liaison officer in an update posted to Twitter early Saturday morning.

“We offer our sincerest condolences to Cameron Robbins’ family and friends,” Lt. Cmdr. Spado added.

Cameron Robbins, 18, a recent graduate from University Laboratory School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was on an excursion in the Bahamas when he allegedly jumped overboard on a dare, WAFB reported.

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Students from multiple area high schools were on the pirate-themed boat for a graduation trip, the outlet also reported. The students from U-High, including Robbins, had only been in the Bahamas for a few hours before they boarded the sunset cruise.

The U.S. Coast Guard District Seven deployed search and rescue assets to assist the Bahamian military in its efforts. The USCG’s Miami-based command center and aircrews supported the RBDF from the initial report of the incident through Friday evening, according to a statement acquired by WAFB.

Justin Morgan, who was Robbins’ baseball coach, described the new graduate as well-loved, a fierce competitor, and a hard worker, CNN reported.

“It’s just a really emotional time for us right now. We’re just trying to send up those prayers and give our support,” Kevin George, director of the University Lab School told WBRZ in an interview prior to the search being called off.

“There are lots of kids that are on this vacation and it’s just something parents throw together and put together,” he also said, adding that he believed 10-15 of U-High’s students were also on the trip.

George said Robbins had attended the school for 13 years. He described Robbins as 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.”

Watch coverage from WBRZ below of the initial search for 18-year-old Cameron Robbins, who went overboard while on a celebratory sunset cruise in the Bahamas.

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