Cameron Robbins is missing after falling overboard on a Bahamas cruise

Search parties are searching for a missing American teenager who fell overboard during a sunset cruise in the Bahamas, authorities said. Cameron Robbins, 18, was traveling and graduating from a high school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The Royal Bahamas Police Force said the teenager appeared to have jumped off a pleasure boat near the island of Athol, near the capital Nassau, on Wednesday night. According to CBS affiliate WAFB-TV, witnesses said he performed a dare.

In addition to the police, the US Coast Guard and the Royal Bahamas Defense Force are also looking for Robbins. The Coast Guard said Thursday evening that flight crews were helping with the search.

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According to WAFB-TV, Robbins was traveling with other Baton Rouge high school grads. Robbins graduated from the University Laboratory School in Baton Rouge on Sunday.

The school’s principal, Kevin George, said in a statement to the broadcaster that the community is praying for the best possible outcome of the search.

“In times like these, we need to come together and support one another,” George said. “Words are not enough to express the concern our entire school community feels.”

A spokesman for the US State Department told CBS News the Department is aware of reports of a missing US citizen in the Bahamas. The spokesman said the department is working closely with local authorities in the search for missing Americans and is sharing information with families.

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