Cameron Robbins officially declared lost at sea, family and friends share touching tributes

High school baseball player Cameron Robbins was remembered as a “fierce competitor” in a recently released obituary as his parents broke their silence about “mourning our son.”

While internet sleuths had been determined to sort out whether the 18-year-old high school graduate faced a more pressing threat than merely drowning after jumping off a cruise ship in the Bahamas, his parents released an obituary memorializing the loss of their adopted son.

“Though he left this world far too soon, he lived a life full of good friends and family,” parents Will and Shari Robbins wrote. “He was funny and kind-hearted, but also intense and driven. He doted on his grandparents, and he took pride in his work. He will be missed desperately by his family and friends, who will carry their cherished memories of him to eternity.”

They spoke highly of the competitive spirit that made him “a tough player, battling back from multiple injuries, known to pitch through separated shoulders and broken hands,” and also a leading member of his church, St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, where he was vice president of the youth group.

On the phone with the New York Post, the grieving mother expressed, “We are just mourning our son right now,” and explained it was still difficult to talk about. “We appreciate you calling. Maybe we will be able to talk more later.”

Similarly, Robbins’ father said, “We appreciate everyone’s support.”

As previously reported, video had captured the harrowing moments after Robbins had apparently accepted a dare to jump off the Blackbeard’s Revenge while celebrating his graduation with friends in the Bahamas and he could be seen drifting away from a flotation device that had been thrown in after him.

Speculation was rampant that a shark could be seen in the video as well, but after the U.S. Coast Guard, Royal Bahamas Defence Force and the United Cajun Navy had spent two days scouring 325 square miles of water, the search had been called off on May 26 with no remains found and Robbins declared lost at sea, the equivalent of a death certificate.

Cajun Navy spokesperson Brian Trascher spoke up about the theories of a shark attack and told Fox News Digital that the family preferred suggestions of such be dropped. “The Robbins family has requested that we not entertain that theory any longer, so our official position is that we don’t know what happened while Cam was in the water.”

Beyond his baseball and church activities, the parents wrote of their son’s love for “his truck and country music,” “frequent trips to his family’s fish camp” and “…all things edible, especially his mother’s red beans and his grandmother’s spaghetti and meatballs. He made frequent late-night trips to his family’s pantry, where he consumed large quantities of fruity pebbles and popcorn.”

A memorial service was scheduled for Sunday at Broadmoor United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and the family requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Christian Homes & Family Services in Abilene, Texas, where Robbins had been adopted after his birth on Nov. 1, 2004.

He is survived by his parents; brother and sister, Cole and Cassie; as well as his grandmothers Mary Ann Robbins and Carolyn Faye McDowell; along with aunts, uncles and cousins.

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