Some amazing footage out of Port Canaveral, Florida this weekend after two jet skiers fell into the water right in the path of giant Carnival cruise ship. Luckily for the two women a Brevard County sheriff was right there to pull them to safely as the cruise ship bore down on them.
The incident occurred Saturday as the Carnival Magic was departing Port Canaveral harbor. A statement from the Canaveral Pilots Association said the cruise ship was being navigated by pilot Captain Doug Brown when he noticed the personal water craft in navigation channel in the vicinity of the jetties.
Capt. Brown alerted Deputy Taner Primmer who was on duty in the harbor operating a Sheriff’s Marine Unit patrol boat in support of the cruise ship departures. Deputy Primmer made his way towards the boaters and was on scene when a series of events led the boaters to be in harm’s way of the cruise ship’s progress in the channel. 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. Capt. Brown, working with the Captain and bridge team of the Carnival Magic, maneuvered the vessel away from the boaters while Deputy Primmer pulled both boaters aboard his patrol vessel and out of harm’s way.
Great job to Captain Brown, Deputy Primmer, and the Carnival Magic bridge team for their quick action to rescue these two women from harm’s way.