Two spring breakers out jet skiing in the Port Canaveral area on Saturday found themselves in danger when their path crossed with an oncoming cruise ship.
"My brother and I ran to the side of the ship and saw the jet ski".
Brown steered the ship away from the pair as Primmer hurried to pull them on board his Sheriff's Office boat. Two young women from Princeton, West Virginia, Allison Garrett, 20, and Skylar Penpasuglia, 19, were operating a personal watercraft in the port.
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. When she tried to climb back onboard, the jet ski flipped upside down. As he approached in a marine patrol boat, one woman fell off the jet ski.
"I just wanted to take a minute to thank Deputy Taner Primmer for rescuing me and my best friend yesterday".
The entire fracas was captured in a video by a cruise passenger. "We were extremely lucky to have him there to help us".
"I was limited in how far I could I could maneuver out of the way", said Port Canaveral Harbor Pilot Capt. Doug Brown, who was at the helm of the Carnival Magic.
Pentasuglia followed up her friend's comment, writing in part, "I'd just like to tell him thank you again for helping us in that bad situation".
Captain Doug Brown, who was in charge of the cruise ship, told Florid Today on Sunday the close call was made more dicey because of a nearby dredge in the channel, and also a stiff breeze that was pushing the two women directly in front of the cruise ship's path. "He was truly a hero yesterday,".