As Louisiana high school graduate Cameron Robbins disappeared under shark-infested waters after jumping from a boat in the Bahamas, someone shouted, “Bye, bye!” to the teenager, according to a haunting video.
The 18-year-old from Baton Rouge was enjoying a sunset cruise with several hundred fellow graduates on May 24 when he jumped overboard from a ship designed to look like a pirate ship – apparently on a challenge.
In chilling video of the incident which has since gone viral on social media, the baseball player is seen walking away from a life jacket floating near him in the dark waters as someone shouts: ‘This kid jumped! Oh my fucking God! Oh, shut your mouth! Oh, bye!”
Footage captures horrified onlookers on the ship frantically shouting at Robbins to ‘grab the buoy’, but the teenager appears to be swimming in the opposite direction – possibly encountering a shark alongside him.
In the video, a white object is seen on the left side of the screen, but the recording is too blurry and frantic to make out exactly what it is.
Commodore Raymond King of the Royal Bahamas Defense Forces said the daily mail the waters in this area are “really infested with sharks”, which has fueled the theory of shark attacks.
Viewers online speculated that Robbins had been bitten by one of the predators the moment the person on the boat shouted, “Bye, bye!”
The video capturing Robbins’ final moments has been viewed more than 10 million on TikTok, and web sleuths have edited the footage to slow it down and light it up in a bid to shed light on what happened, but ultimately unsuccessful.
The US Coast Guard and local authorities in the Bahamas spent days searching for Robbins before calling off their search last week after covering more than 325 square miles of ocean.
“We offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Cameron Robbins,” said Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Spado, Bahamas Coast Guard Liaison Officer.
Robbins, an outstanding baseball player, graduated from University Laboratory High School in Baton Rouge on May 21.
Three days later, Robbins and his friends joined graduates from other schools for a celebratory trip to the Bahamas, staying at the Atlantis Paradise Resort.
A few hours after check-in, Robbins and the other new high school graduates boarded the ship Pirate’s Revenge for an evening pleasure cruise near the uninhabited island of Athol, located north of Nassau.
Days after Robbins disappeared, his family traveled from Louisiana to the Bahamas to help with the search and visit the area where he was last seen, before returning home on Sunday.
A memorial service for Robbins will be held Sunday afternoon in Baton Rouge.