Man banned from cruise following dangerous stunt
The Royal Caribbean cruise company has banned a man for life after his dangerous stunt went viral on the Internet.
Nick Naydev, a 27-year-old passenger from Washington, US, posted a video on Instagram of him jumping off the 11th floor deck of the Symphony of the Seas cruise ship and into the ocean when the vessel was docked in Nassau, Bahamas.
In the video, Naydev’s friends could be seen watching and laughing as Naydev took the leap.
The video, which was posted last Friday, has racked up 118,908 views as at the time of writing.
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Naydev said on Instagram that he was intoxicated at the time.
“I was still drunk from the previous night,” he wrote.
He also informed his followers that for the following three days, he could barely walk and sleep from the pain. “My feet were actually fine. It was my neck and tailbone that hurt… I’m good now.”
After the Royal Caribbean staff found him in the ocean, Naydev and his friends were kicked off the ship and told to find their own way back home from the Bahamas.
According to Fox 13 News, Royal Caribbean contacted the local police, but no charges were made.
“When the cops showed up they were super chil [sic] and actually laughed at the video,” Naydev wrote on Instagram.
A friend of Naydev said the man was known for attempting stunts like this.
“He’s jumped from those kind[s] of heights before, and we didn’t really care about the consequences with the cruise company,” Konstantin Kryachun, who filmed the jump, told Yahoo! Lifestyle.
“We just wanted to get a video of it and make it go viral.”
The viral clip prompted the cruise company to take further action.
“This was stupid and reckless behavior, and he and his companions have been banned from ever sailing with us again,” Royal Caribbean said in a statement.
“We are exploring legal action.”