Deputy saves jet skiers in path of cruise ship

Marcus Newton
March 16, 2017

Two spring breakers found themselves in the face of a Carnival cruise ship before a Brevard County "hero" swiped them to safety just seconds before an uncertain end.

According to the Brevard County Sheriff's Office, "as the two frantically tried to right the jet ski, the wind pushed them into the Port channel, directly into the path of the outgoing cruise ship".

As Primmer reached the scene one of the boaters fell off the water craft and when an attempt was made to re-board, the water craft flipped and both boaters ended up in the water in extremely close proximity to the bow of the ship now bearing down on their position.

A cruise passenger caught the rescue on video and posted it on YouTube.

Fortunately, SeaPort Security Deputy Taner Primmer was in a BCSO boat, patrolling the port for the cruise ship departure.

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Witnesses said the massive cruise ship came within feet of striking the police boat as well, but Primmer was able to get his craft and the women out of harm's way just in time.

"I was limited in how far I could I could maneuver out of the way", Brown said, adding it's the first time he's experienced a situation like the one Saturday.

A close call captured on camera.

Two young women from Princeton, West Virginia, Allison Garrett, 20, and Skylar Penpasuglia, 19, were operating a personal watercraft in the port. In terms of the arrest, the state of Florida grants extended maritime jurisdiction to the Brevard County sheriff's office- and law enforcement agencies at other state ports - to pursue charges in suspected crimes reported out to sea, including global waters.

Primmer, he said, "placed his life in peril without hesitation to rescue the Port visitors", Ivey said.

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