Watch: Royal C'bean bans man for life after he jumps from cruise ship
A Washington man who jumped from the eleventh floor of a cruise ship that was docked in the Bahamas into the ocean has been banned for life by Royal Caribbean cruise lines.
The man has been identified as Nick Naydev, according to an incident report on Wednesday.
In a video that went viral on social media with over 80,000 views, Naydev’s friends gather around and laughed as he climbed the railing of the balcony of Symphony of the Seas.
He looked at his friend who held the camera and then jumped.
He later said that he thought it would be a good laugh for his friends, and he planned to just swim back to shore and continue with his vacation. However, when ship security caught up with him, they ordered he and his friends to pack up and leave immediately.
"I am truly astonished at how this video has spread throughout the Internet," Naydev explained. "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,” he told media.
He later wrote on his Instagram account: “My feet were actually fine. It was my neck and tailbone that hurt. Could barely walk for 3 days and could barely sleep from the pain. I’m good now.”
Representatives from Royal Caribbean Cruises called the incident “stupid.”
“This was stupid and reckless behaviour, and he and his companions have been banned from ever sailing with us again,” a spokesperson told the website. “We are exploring legal action.”