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Royal Caribbean bans passenger for life after jumping off cruise ship

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Posted at 2:56 PM, Jan 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-17 15:13:27-05

A group of men have been banned from cruising with Royal Caribbean for life after one of them was filmed jumping from their 11th floor balcony on the Symphony of the Seas cruise ship while it was docked in the Bahamas.

Nick Naydev posted footage of the frightening jump into the ocean at Nassau on his Instagram account on Friday. As of Thursday, it's been viewed more than 87,000 times and has more than 1,300 comments.

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The footage filmed by a friend shows a smiling Naydev stand up on the balcony's railing and pause briefly before jumping into the blue waters below as someone laughs. The video doesn't capture him hitting the water.

He later posted that his neck and tailbone hurt after the jump.

“This was stupid and reckless behavior and he and his companions have been banned from ever sailing with us again,’’ Royal Caribbean spokesman Owen Torres said in an email to the Sun Sentinel. “We are exploring legal action.” He called the incident extremely dangerous.

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The WPTV web team contributed to this report.