The U.S. Coast Guard has given up looking for a Louisiana kid who fell overboard Wednesday night while on a sunset cruise in the Bahamas.
After a two-day operation headed by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, the organization declared the hunt for 18-year-old Cameron Robbins, a recent high school graduate, to be over on Saturday. Whether a body was discovered was not, the agency did not specify.
Did the authorities find Cameron Robbins?
Unfortunately, the answer is No. The Royal Bahamas Defence Force had been hunting for Robbins since Wednesday. They finally halted the search. Now, they no longer required assistance from the U.S. military branch, the Coast Guard reported Friday night.
Lt. Cmdr. Matt Spado, a Coast Guard liaison officer, said, “We were informed by [the Royal Bahamas Defence Force] 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,” Spado added.
Robbins is believed to have fallen overboard from a sunset cruise near Nassau, the Coast Guard said. https://t.co/Owf7TkBKEt
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According to USA TODAY, Robbins fell off the Blackbeard’s Revenge sunset cruise ship on May 24 at about 11:30 p.m. The Royal Bahamas Defence Force immediately notified the Coast Guard for assistance.
After the event, the boat lingered in the region for several hours that night as people searched for Robbins. In an effort to find Robbins, search and rescue teams combed more than 325 square kilometers.
“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 Spado. He continued, “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.”
The organization urges anyone with new information to contact District Seven of the Coast Guard. According to WAFB, the Robbins family flew to the Bahamas on Thursday.
“The Bahamas government has called off the rescue for Cameron and we are returning to Baton Rouge,” the family said to WAFB. “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.”
What exactly happened?
- According to WBRZ, Cameron Robbins from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was celebrating his high school graduation with his friends. They were staying at the Atlantis Paradise resort in Nassau. A few days ago, Robbins received his diploma from University Lab School.
- The group arrived in the Bahamas on Wednesday. They later embarked on a Blackbeard’s Revenge sunset cruise with a pirate theme. Robbins fell from the cruise ship. The Royal Bahamas Defence Force members instantly alerted Coast Guard District Seven watchstanders.
- The ship was close to Athol Island, a barren island northeast of Nassau. Robbins was last spotted jumping from the boat and swimming while holding onto a life jacket.
- The Royal Bahamas Police Force is investigating allegations that Robbins leapt overboard on a dare.
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