A recent University Laboratory School graduate was reported missing after he went overboard Wednesday night in the Bahamas, an LSU official said Thursday.
As of late Thursday afternoon, the U.S. Coast Guard and local authorities were still searching for 18-year-old Cameron Robbins, who fell off a boat while on a senior trip in the Bahamas. He had graduated from the Lab School on Sunday.
Students gathered Thursday morning to hold a moment of prayer for Robbins.
"In times like these we must come together and support each other," Kevin George, director of the University Lab School, said a statement. "Words fall short of expressing the worry our entire school community is feeling."
Prior to his graduation, Robbins played on the school's baseball team as a pitcher.
"Cameron is a kid who is truly loved by his teammates, teachers and fellow classmates," said Lab School baseball coach Justin Morgan in an email. "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."
George added that counselors will be available Friday to speak with students and faculty processing the news, and asked that the community keep Robbins' family in their thoughts.
A video circulating on social media showed a person swimming in the water near the boat while a life preserver ring floated several feet away before he disappeared.
The U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday afternoon its crews continue to assist the Royal Bahamas Defence Force in the search for Robbins. The Coast Guard reported he fell overboard during a sunset cruise Wednesday night near Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas.
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force declined to comment on the case.