What We Know So Far About the Missing US Teen on Bahamas Graduation Trip
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A recent high school graduate who took a celebration trip to the Bahamas with friends is missing after he went overboard on Wednesday night.
Cameron Robins, 18, was on a vessel near Athol Island, an uninhabited island near Paradise Island, when he “reportedly jumped overboard” around 9:40 pm.
What is the status of the investigation?
The Royal Bahamas Defense Force is leading the search to find Robbins who reportedly lept in the water on a dare, according to reports. A video in circulation reportedly shows the teen swimming in the dark waters alongside the boat, but he mysteriously disappeared underwater.
US Coast Guards in a Twitter post said it is assisting the RBDF and the Royal Bahamas Police Force in finding the US citizen.
The coast guards are providing air assistance in the desperate search and rescue mission.
As of Thursday night, he was still not found as friends led a vigil at the school he recently graduated from, University Laboratory School in Baton Rouge, Lousiana.
Friends said a US senator is arranging for more helicopters to join the search.
Who is Cameron Robbins?
Robbins is described as a baseball athlete and a “special kid” who started his education at the school when he was 5 years old.
“Just one of those kids that you’re so proud of once they cross the stage,” said the Director of the Laboratory School Kevin George, who watched Robbins walk across the stage on Sunday.
“He’s an athlete, great kid, great smile, great head of hair.”
The school’s baseball coach Justin Morgan said Robbins was loved by everyone.
“He was a fierce competitor on the baseball field. He is a hard worker both on and off of the field.”
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.”
The trip was not sanctioned by the school. But 10-15 students from the Laboratory School and several from high schools in the Baton Rouge area accompanied Robbins on the trip. The group stayed at Atlantis Resort.
Robbin’s parents arrived in the Bahamas on Thursday afternoon.