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Passenger Banned After Jumping From Cruise Ship In Nassau

Screenshots from the video showing Nick Naydev jumping from the ship.

Screenshots from the video showing Nick Naydev jumping from the ship.

By MORGAN ADDERLEY

Tribune Staff Reporter

madderley@tribunemedia.net

A ROYAL Caribbean passenger has been banned from the cruise line for life after jumping off the 11th floor of a Symphony of the Seas ship that was docked in Nassau.

Friends of Nick Naydev, of Vancouver, Washington, filmed the 27-year-old jumping off a balcony and into an estimated 100-feet of water.

Mr Naydev later posted the video to his social media account.

The jumper was not allowed back aboard the ship and local police were called. However, officers reportedly found the situation “amusing” and did not file any legal action, according to Mr Naydev.

Royal Caribbean has since rebuked the move as “stupid and reckless behaviour” in a statement to People. The magazine also reported the cruise will be “exploring legal action” against Mr Naydev and his friends.

The video was posted seven days ago on Mr Naydev’s Instagram profile. In the clip, he can be seen climbing onto the railing and leaping into the ocean. Two other people are in the background and one person can be heard laughing hysterically.

The video has been viewed over 100,000 times up to press time.

“This was stupid and reckless behaviour and he and his companions have been banned from ever sailing with us again,” the manager of Royal Caribbean’s corporate communications told People magazine in a statement.

Mr Naydev has since addressed the matter in a statement to KOIN 6 News, saying he hopes no one else is “inspired” to recreate his actions.

“I am truly astonished at how this video has spread throughout the internet. I did not think this through before I jumped. My idea was this would be a good laugh for my friends and I would just swim back to shore and continue my vacation and never thought this would be this serious.

“When the security caught up with me they told me and my friends that we needed to pack our bags and leave the ship immediately and were not welcome on any of their cruise ships again. Local police in Nassau, Bahamas were called in to pick us up from the ship, but fortunately the police thought the whole situation was amusing and did not proceed to file any legal actions.

“I jumped from the 11th floor and the height must have been well over 100ft. I just hope I don’t inspire anyone to try this, because I don’t want to feel responsible for any injuries.”

According to Yahoo Lifestyle, Mr Naydev described his own injuries in the comment section of the video.

“My feet were actually fine. It was my neck and tailbone that hurt,” he wrote. “Could barely walk for three days and could barely sleep from the pain. I’m good now.”

Yahoo Lifestyle added another comment clarifies that Mr Naydev “was picked up by a small boat and brought onto the ship by cops to gather his things and leave.”

Meanwhile, companion Konstantin Kryachun told the site that he and his friends “didn’t even consider the consequences prior to the jump, they just captured it in a bid for viral fame.”

“He’s jumped from those kind of heights before, and we didn’t really care about the consequences with the cruise company,” Mr Kryachun said. “We just wanted to get a video of it and make it go viral.”

Comments

TorontoGal 1 month ago

Once again, a 27yr old idiot doesn't think about anybody but himself. Had his stunt failed the family would be suing the ass off the cruise ship company. Further, the Bahama police thought it was "amusing"! Heads should roll over this. It wouldn't have been so amusing had he killed himself. Because of their inefficiency so other joker my try this because there is very little deterrent.

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hrysippus 1 month ago

Jumping from a trying plan into the cruise line's ire?

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Sickened 1 month ago

Say again in English please.

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John 1 month ago

He's not really going to feel the pain for weeks ahead And pray God he doesn't start getting numbness in his legs and start losing use of them.

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Gotoutintime 1 month ago

No doubt the attitude of the Police was "if this crazy white boy want to jump off the boat, tas his ass"

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John 1 month ago

But I thought they say ‘white men can’t jump’ rotfl

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joeblow 1 month ago

... they can't jump UP, not down!

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K4C 1 month ago

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bogart 1 month ago

Being banned for life from travelling on one cruise ship doesnt mean he cannot choose over half dozen others to come back........had the reckless act gone badly the Bahamas would havd to spend millions in marketing to overcome the negatives from the disaster.....some punishment should be there to now deter an prevent copycats....

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Sickened 1 month ago

I'm assuming the other cruise lines will also flag his name and ban him. I certainly would.

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John 1 month ago

Well he lucky he was allowed to board a flight to get back home.

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bahamas12345 1 month ago

He should be ban from all cruise lines. It is idiots like him that make it bad for the rest of the normal people who want to have a vacation. to bad the harbor shark didn't get him.

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ThisIsOurs 1 month ago

Was he trying to break his legs with all that flailing??? Well I guess if he was dead it wouldn't have mattered what was broken

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