Florida officials narrowly rescue jet skiers from oncoming cruise ship
Two women were nearly hit by a Carnival Cruise ship Saturday near the mouth of Florida's Port Canaveral harbor after flipping their jet skis and being stranded in the path of the massive ship.
Two jet skiers were rescued as the bow of a Carnival Cruise ship almost clipped them near Port Canaveral, Florida.
Seaport Security Marine Deputy Taner Primmer, who was providing security escort for the cruise ship, saw the incident, steered his boat into the path of the ship and pulled the two women to safety.
A video taken by a passenger onboard the ship shows just how close the vessel came to the sheriff's boat and the jet skiers.
Frantic shouts of "Get in, get in!" can be heard on the video as the tiny boat is cast into the shadow of the huge ferry that is getting ever-closer. Primmer rushed to the scene and pulled both women from the water just as the boat was about to hit them.
The hazardous situation was made even more risky because of a nearby dredge and the wind that was pushing the women right in front of the ship's path.
A close call captured on camera.
The two West Virginia natives were operating a jet ski when one of the women fell off the craft.
In town for Spring Break, Allison Garrett, 20, and Skylar Penpasuglia, 19, were riding the watercraft together when it overturned, dumping them into the water.
Deputies said the winds and current could have pushed the women underneath the ship, making the outcome much different. The Sheriff's Office provides all law enforcement and seaport security services for Port Canaveral.
Primmer, he said, "placed his life in peril without hesitation to rescue the Port visitors", Ivey said.