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Published: Tue, March 14, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Cruise Ship Just Misses Jet Skiers

Cruise Ship Just Misses Jet Skiers

Two spring-breakers in Port Canaveral, Fla., were nearly rammed by a Carnival Cruise ship after falling off their jet ski and landing in the path of the oncoming ocean liner.

Just before 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 11, 2017, SeaPort Security Marine Deputy Taner Primmer was providing a security escort for the Carnival Magic cruise ship when 19-year-old Skylar Penpasuglia and 20-year-old Allison Garrett, both of Princeton, West Virginia, were enjoying Spring Break and operating a jet ski in the Atlantic Ocean near Port Canaveral.

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. The day's wind pushed the women into the port's narrow channel and in the way of the 13,000-ton ship.

A passenger onboard the cruise ship caught the rescue on video.

Doug Brown, a Port Canaveral harbor pilot, was navigating the Magic close to the mouth of the port when he noticed a personal watercraft with two women on board within the navigation channel near the jetties, according to a post on the pilot association's website.

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. When trying to climb back on, the Jet Ski flipped over. Brown's quick actions also gave "Deputy Primmer the extra seconds he needed to save the young girls".

"I could not be more proud of the actions of Deputy Tanner Primmer... who placed his life in peril without hesitation to rescue the Port visitors", Ivey said on Facebook. "We were extremely lucky to have him there to help us". I'd just like to tell him thank you again for helping us in that awful situation. "He was truly a hero yesterday", Pentasuglia said.

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