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Published: Thu, March 16, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Brevard deputy rescues women from path of cruise ship

Brevard deputy rescues women from path of cruise ship

Carnival Cruise Line's Magic Captain, Doug Brown, contacted the Brevard County Sheriff's Deputy Taner Primmer when he noticed a jet ski with two women on it in the ship's path, Florida Post reports.

The harbor pilot was navigating the ship out of the port when he saw two women on a jet ski within the navigation channel.

It shows Primmer pulling the women on board his Sheriff's Office boat just as the 130,000-ton cruise-liner whips by. "No, get in!" people are heard screaming on the video as the ship came within feet of the pair.

Investigators said the ship was in worldwide waters and heading back to Port Canaveral when Ray walked into the cabin he shared with the woman and got involved in an argument.

"I was limited in how far I could I could manoeuvre out of the way", Brown said, adding it's the first time he's experienced a situation like the one Saturday.

A close call captured on camera.

As the two women tried to right the craft, the wind pushed them into the path of an outgoing cruise ship. "This was the first time with people in the water, nearly right in front of you".

With the ship approaching, Primmer pulled them out and steered his boat away.

The frightening incident, which was captured on video, shows Skylar Pentasuglia, 19, and Allison Garrett, 20, of West Virgina, riding together before losing control of the speeding jet ski, almost getting clipped by the massive watercraft.

The BCSO noted that the two women might have been pulled under by the moving cruise ship, which could have caused serious or fatal injuries.

The channel, the sheriff's office said, happens to be rather narrow.

Primmer, he said, "placed his life in peril without hesitation to rescue the Port visitors", Ivey said.

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