Deputy rescues jet skiers from being sucked under Carnival Cruise ship
Marine United Deputy Taner Primmer saved two young women from a terrible demise on Saturday, according to the Brevard County Sheriff's Office.
Skylar Penpasuglia, 19, and Allison Garrett, 20, were enjoying their spring break in Port Canaveral, Florida, when their vacation nearly turned into a catastrophe.
The two West Virginia natives were operating a jet ski when one of the women fell off the craft.
While attempting to get back on board, the panicked vacationer accidentally flipped the jet ski over completely.
As the two women frantically tried to right the jet ski, the wind and current pulled them into the Port channel, directly in the path of an outgoing Carnival Magic cruise ship.
Thankfully, they were spotted by Primmer, who bravely steered his boat into the path of the ship and quickly pulled the two girls onboard.
"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," Sheriff Wayne Ivey wrote on the Brevard County Sheriff's Office Facebook page.
Garrett took to Facebook following the incident to thank Primmer for his actions.
"I just wanted to take a minute to thank Deputy Taner Primmer for rescuing me and my best friend yesterday, she wrote. "We were extremely lucky to have him there to help us."
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 terrible situation. He was truly a hero yesterday."
A cruise ship passenger on board the Carnival Magic recorded a video of the entire incident, where you can really see just how close the massive vessel came to the two jet skiers.
Miraculously, no one suffered injuries in the incident.