The parents of missing teenager Cameron Robbins have broken their silence to the press, speaking to reporters for the first time since their son went overboard during a cruise last month.
Speaking to the New York Post, William and Shari Robbins expressed gratitude for the support people had given them since their son went missing on a cruise near the Bahamas but seemed at a loss for words to articulate their grief.
“We are just mourning our son right now,” Shari Robbins told reporters. “We appreciate you calling. Maybe we will be able to talk more later.”
William Robbins added, “We appreciate everyone’s support.”
The outlet described them as “sweet and cordial” as they discussed their son, whose death becomes an increasingly likely possibility as the days continue to pass without any sign of him.
Robbins graduated from Baton Rouge’s Louisiana State University Laboratory School with a glow of sentimental glory on May 21.
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That same day, the 18-year-old Robbins embarked on a cruise through the Bahamas in the company of his classmates, celebrating the milestone in their lives.
Two days later, the seafaring teenager jumped overboard into the ocean, reportedly on a dare, from which act of derring-do he has yet to return.
The situation only becomes grimmer for Robbins’ loved ones with the passing of time. The Coast Guard’s search for the missing high school graduate, which spanned over 300 miles and lasted two days, was called off on May 26 with the Coast Guard offering condolences to Robbins’ family and friends.
Resigning themselves to the likelihood of Cameron’s death, the teenager’s family wrote an obituary on his behalf.
“Cameron Crossley Robbins was a beloved grandson, son, brother and friend. He was lost at sea after being reported missing off the coast of Athol Island in the Bahamas on the evening of May 24,” they wrote.
“He was a tough player, battling back from multiple injuries, known to pitch through separated shoulders and broken hands. … He will be missed desperately by his family and friends, who will carry their cherished memories of him to eternity.”