Shadowy image near teen could explain why he swam away from life ring

Was Cameron Robbins killed by a SHARK after he jumped off party boat? New footage showing shadowy image in water could explain why high school baseball star swam AWAY from life preserver… and vanished

  • Cameron Robbins, 18, was a star high school baseball player and graduate of University High in Baton Rouge, Louisiana 
  • Robbins jumped off a sunset cruise while celebrating his graduation in the Bahamas last week. The search was called off last Friday
  • Footage captured of him jumping overboard shows a shadowy figure beneath the waters and could explain why Robbins swam away from a life preserver 

A shadowy image captured in the waters surrounding a Louisiana baseball star who jumped off a party boat for a dare has sparked speculation the teen was swimming away from a shark.

Cameron Robbins, 18, jumped off the Blackbeard’s Revenge sunset cruise ship while celebrating his high school graduation near Athol Island, in the Bahamas last Wednesday. The search for the missing teen was called off last Friday.

Footage shows Robbins swimming in the water as a life preserver is thrown out to him and classmates tell him to grab on. But the teenager seems to be fixated on a shadowy shape which appears in the water and immediately begins swimming away.

The video has sparked speculation online that Robbins may have met his end after a shark went after him. People have claimed they can clearly see a shark in the video.

Providing an update yesterday, Royal Bahamas Defense Force (RBDF) Commodore Raymond King confirmed that the area where Robbins went overboard is ‘really shark infested.’

The shadowy image, circled left, can be seen moving towards Robbins as he swims away from the boat. Despite a life preserver being thrown towards Robbins, he can be seen, right, swimming away from it 

Cameron Robbins, right, pictured with friends. He had graduated from University Laboratory School in Baton Rouge just days before he disappeared 

On social media, one person said: ‘The video doesn’t lie, he was attacked by a shark and taken under.’

Another commented:  You can see the shark to the left of the video’ and another was adamant they ‘saw the fin’ in the short video. 

The Bahamas is home to highly aggressive sharks including tiger and bull sharks. 

Witnesses claimed Robbins was acting on a dare when he jumped overboard at 11.30pm from the Blackbeard’s Revenge sunset cruise ship.

Robbins had graduated from the University High in Baton Rouge just days before and was seen wearing his robe and smiling in an Instagram photo.

The star athlete was celebrating with dozens of other seniors from other Baton Rouge high schools including U-High, Episcopal, Catholic, and St. Joseph’s Academy, a parent said.

The students had only arrived on the island hours before the pirate-themed sunset boat excursion and had been staying at the Atlantis Paradise Island in Nassau.

After Robbins had jumped, the boat and its crew members tried to locate him along with multiple agencies, including the US Coast Guard.

Cmdre King provided an update Monday on the situation after the search was suspended last week.

He said: ‘The probability of survival decreases significantly particularly if a person did not have on a life vest and particularly if a person is perceived to be intoxicated. 

‘I can tell you that area where an individual reportedly jumped over, it’s an area that is really shark infested as well. It is so unfortunate but I don’t want the family to lose hope.’

The US Coast Guard District Seven deployed multiple search and rescue assets in response to obtaining assistance from their partners in the Royal Bahamas Defence Force.

They plotted and searched a 325-square-mile are searching for the young man and called off their search last week. 

Robbins, pictured here on the left with his mom and brother, had only just graduated from high school days before

The students had only arrived on the island hours before the pirate-themed sunset boat excursion and had been staying at the Atlantis Paradise Island in Nassau

Dozens of students, pictured here, aboard the sunset cruise ship that Robbins was on before he jumped after acting on a dare that turned deadly

His school community was left rocked by the news and his fellow classmates held a vigil for Robbins last week 

‘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,’ a statement from the US Coast Guard reads.

‘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.’

After the search was called off on Friday, Robbins’ family said: ‘The Bahamas government has called off the rescue for Cameron and we are returning to Baton Rouge. 

‘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. 

‘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.’

University Lab School Director Kevin George said Robbins attended the school for all 13 years of his education.

In a statement last week, he said: ‘In times like these, we must come together and support each other. Words fall short of expressing the worry our entire school community is feeling.’

Robbins social media pages highlight his baseball talent, and his love for his friends, and family. 

Robbins was on a graduation trip that involved many local high schools in the Baton Rogue area. The students were staying at the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island in Nassau 

Robbins was a standout baseball players for his high school and his coach described him as a ‘fierce competitor’ 

The 325-square-mile search for Cameron Robbins, 18, is plotted in this chart 

Robbins social media pages highlight his baseball talent, and his love for his friends, and family.

‘Cameron is a kid who is truly loved by his teammates, teachers, and fellow classmates,’ his devastated U-High baseball coach Justin Morgan said.

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

‘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.’

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