Florida Deputy Pulls Two Jet Skiers from Water to Avoid Deadly Collision with Cruise Ship
PORT CANAVERAL — A Port Canaveral harbor police and a sheriff’s deputy teamed up to save the lives of two spring breakers on a jet ski as a Carnival Cruise ship approached them for a head-on collision.
Two young women that fell off a personal watercraft were pulled to safety by the captain of a Brevard County sheriff’s marine boat as a cruise ship nearly collided with them as it departed Port Canaveral late Saturday afternoon.
A statement by Canaveral Pilots Association claims, “Capt. Doug Brown spotted them while navigating the Carnival Magic out of the port and alerted Primmer. As he approached in a marine patrol boat, one woman fell off the jet ski. It flipped as she tried to get back on, sending both women into the water. With the ship approaching, Primmer pulled them out and steered his boat away.” Capt. Doug Brown, a 1982 graduate of the Maine Maritime Academy, has been a pilot at Port Canaveral since 2002.
The two young women were identified by local news outlets as 19-year-old Skylar Penpasuglia, and 20-year-old Allison Garrett both of Princeton, West Virginia. Deputies claim that the two young women were in town on their spring break.
A passenger aboard the 130,000-ton Carnival cruise ship, Magic, captured the incident and rescue on film and later uploaded it to the public on YouTube.
Within the video you can hear the rescue team of Port Canaveral yell, “Get in. get in!”
The footage continues with the women being pulled to safety, and a cruise ship passenger asks, “Did we run over the jet ski?” Another passenger answers with, “Yes, we definitely did.”
Sherriff Wayne Ivey describes how difficult the situation was as, “Due to the narrow width of the Port’s channel, there was very little room to maneuver the ship.” However, Wayne finishes his statement with, “the Port Canaveral Harbor Pilot Capt. Doug Brown slightly veered the ship when Deputy Primmer steered his boat into the path of the ship and quickly pulled the two girls on board the Sheriff’s Office Safe Boat.”
Deputy Tanner Primmer was reported to have backed the Safe Boat out of the ship’s path and into an area of clearance.
Sherriff Wayne Ivey made a statement to the public addressing the valiant rescue efforts of Deputy Tanner Primmer and Capt. Doug Brown. His statement reads as the following, “I could not be more proud of the actions of Deputy Tanner Primmer, a member of our Seaport Security Marine Unit, who placed his life in peril without hesitation to rescue the Port visitors, and the Port Canaveral Harbor Pilot Capt. Doug Brown, who not only maintained communication with Deputy Primmer, but was able to safely veer the ship, which provided Deputy Primmer the extra seconds needed to save the young girls…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.”
-piece written by me for a COM 225 Media Writing assignment-