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Liam Buckler

Moment missing teen baseball star jumps off cruise ship in panicked video as Coast Guard call off search

This is the harrowing moment a teenager baseball star jumps off a Bahamas cruise ship "as a dare" - in a video shared just days after the US Coast Guard called off the search.

Haunting video shows Cameron Robbins, 18, from Louisiana, US, jumping overboard without a life jacket as his fellow classmates urge him on, according to eyewitnesses.

The teenager, who had just graduated days ago from the University Laboratory School in Baton Rogue, was seen in just his swimming trunks before suddenly disappearing.

Passengers onboard were stunned Cameron jumped off as one person can be heard saying "This kid f****** jumped off!"

Another said, "Oh my f****** god. Oh, shut the f*** up. Oh, bye...bye... Oh ... s***!"

Concerns quickly grew for the teenager as one person shouted "Grab the buoy.. grab the buoy."

Cameron is seen struggling in the water (Reddit/QuietWest3764)
He was urged to jump by his friends, it is claimed (Reddit/QuietWest3764)

Cameron, who was just a few feet away from the cruise, started drifting in the opposite direction away from the buoy before disappearing into darkness, according to eyewitnesses.

The US Coast Guard were dispatched to look for the missing teenager on Wednesday but late on Friday the search was officially called off.

Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Spado, Coast Guard liaison officer to the Bahamas, revealed multiple agency's had been deployed to look for Cameron.

He said: "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.

"'Our Coast Guard command centre and aircrews based in Miami supported RBDF search and rescue efforts since the initial report Wednesday evening, and continued through Friday evening.

The cruise ship was full of graduates (WAFB)

'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."

The teen was reportedly on the boat with several other recently graduated students (williamcole031/Instagram)

A GoFundMe page has been set up for the teenager's family who are going through an "unimaginable situation."

The fundraiser said: "Cameron's mother, Shari is an indescribably amazing teacher and her kindness and devotion has helped countless children throughout her career.

"Please donate as you can and share this fundraiser to support her and her family through this unimaginable situation.

"Devastated family continued to pray and hope for Cameron's return: 'Please continue to pray for Cameron, Cassie, Cole, Shari and Will. My heart is so heavy."

Cameron's baseball coach paid tribute to the teenager and called him a "fierce competitor."

Justin Morgan said: "Cameron is a kid who is truly loved by his teammates, teachers, and fellow classmates.

"He is a fierce competitor on the baseball field. He is a hard worker both on and off of the playing field.

The US Coast Guard has called off the search (Robbins Family Handout/WBRZ)

"Our school community is struggling right now but hoping for the very best.

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

University Lab School Director Kevin George said Cameron attended the school for all thirteen years of his education.

In a statement he said: "'Extra counsellors 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."

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