Published: Tue, March 14, 2017
Money | By Oscar Reynolds

Florida officials narrowly rescue jet skiers from oncoming cruise ship

Florida officials narrowly rescue jet skiers from oncoming cruise ship

Brevard County Sheriff's Deputy Taner Primmer can be seen hauling the first of the pair into his boat as the massive cruise ship looms larger and larger.

A Brevard Sheriff's deputy rescued two spring breakers who almost got hit by a cruise ship. The day's wind pushed the women into the port's narrow channel and in the way of the 13,000-ton ship.

Primmer pulled both boaters aboard the patrol vessel as the ship neared them, and he quickly moved the patrol boat away from the cruise ship.

The harbor master pilot of the cruise ship was able to turn the ship and avoid the women and the deputy, investigators said. One of the riders fell from the craft, and while she was trying to climb back onboard, it flipped upside down.

Harrowing video taken by somebody on board shows the harbour's sheriff arrive in his boat as the two women clip desperately to the overturned jet-ski.

Capt. Doug Brown was navigating the Carnival Magic cruise ship out of the port when he noticed the jet skiers nearby, according to the statement.

Sheriff Wayne Ivey of the Brevard County Sheriff's Department has already commended Brown and Primmer's teamwork.

"Get in! Get in!" some of the Magic's passengers screamed.

"I couldn't be prouder of the actions of Deputy Taner Primmer, a member of our SeaPort Security Marine Unit who placed his life in peril without hesitation to rescue the young girls, and the Harbor Master Pilot, who not only maintained communication with the deputy, but was able to safely veer the ship, providing Deputy Primmer the extras seconds needed", Ivey told Florida Today. "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 bad situation", Skylar Pentasuglia wrote. "He was truly a hero yesterday", Pentasuglia said.

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