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(FOX 13) – A Washington man says he “did not think this through” before he jumped off the side of a Royal Caribbean cruise ship docked in Nassau, Bahamas.
Now, Nick Naydev is banned from the cruise line for life and says he had to find his own way home from the island.
Naydev said he jumped from the eleventh floor, which he estimated was about 100 feet up from the ocean.
“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,” Naydev said in a statement to FOX 13.
He said security officers from the cruise ship told him to pack up and prepare to leave the ship immediately.
“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,” Naydev said.
In the video, Naydev’s friends have gathered around as he climbs up the railing of the balcony. He looks at his friend who is holding the camera and then leaps.
“I just hope I don’t inspire anyone to try this, because I don’t want to feel responsible for any injuries.”
FOX 13 has reached out to Royal Caribbean for comment.