Look out! Brevard deputy rescues jet skiers from cruise ship death
"As the two frantically tried to right the jet ski, the wind pushed them into the Port channel; directly into the path of the outgoing cruise ship", the sheriff's office wrote.
Port Canaveral Chief Executive Officer John Murray, credited the professionalism of the port's crew, the sheriff's marine unit, and the cruise ship personnel for the swift response and rescue of the skiers, who were both thrown into the water, Florida Today reported. Two young women from Princeton, West Virginia, Allison Garrett, 20, and Skylar Penpasuglia, 19, were operating a personal watercraft in the port.
Brown veered the cruise ship away from the jet skiers, giving Primmer just enough time to get both jet skiers into his boat and to back the boat away from the potential disaster.
A couple of jet skiers on a spring break were saved by Port Canaveral harbor pilot and a Brevard County Sheriff Marine Unit deputy from a near tragic accident. As Primmer arrived, the watercraft flipped over and both boaters fell into the water. That means there is very little room for a cruise ship to maneuver.
"My brother and I ran to the side of the ship and saw the jet ski".
However, Port Canaveral Harbor Pilot Captain Doug Brown was able to slightly veer the ship when Deputy Primmer steered his patrol boat into the path of the cruise ship in order to rescue the women.
In the final tense moments Dept Primmer manages to drag the second woman into the boat before sprinting to the cabin to move the craft just in time as the ship ploughs past just feet away.
Primmer, he said, "placed his life in peril without hesitation to rescue the Port visitors", Ivey said.
Sheriff Wayne Ivey of the Brevard County Sheriff's Department has already commended Brown and Primmer's teamwork.
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