PORT CANAVERAL, Florida — A quick-thinking sheriff’s deputy swooped in and saved two jet-skiers from being crushed under a 130,000-ton cruise ship after they had capsized in its path.
The Brevard County Sheriff’s office said the two tourists on Spring Break from West Virginia, Skylar Penpasuglia, 19, and Allison Garrett, 20, were riding in Port Canaveral on Saturday when one of them fell into the water.
As she tried to climb back aboard the Jet Ski, it flipped over and as the two women frantically tried to right the water craft, the wind blew them out into the channel and into the path of an outgoing cruise ship, the Carnival Magic.
As the towering ship bore down on them, SeaPort Security Marine Deputy Taner Primmer, who was escorting the cruise ship, leapt into action, and steered his patrol boat into the ship’s path and pulled the women to safety.
Harbor Pilot Capt. Doug Brown, who was steering the Magic out to sea, also spotted what was going on and managed to turn the giant ship just enough to not strike the women.
Chilling video shot by tourists on the cruise ship’s deck, showed how close the cruise ship came to passing right over the women.
“Were it not for the quick actions of both Deputy Primmer and Port Canaveral Harbor Pilot Capt. Doug Brown , the girls could have been pulled under the ship causing potentially serious if not fatal injuries,” said Sheriff Wayne Ivey.