Jet skiers' near-miss with 130000-tonne Carnival Magic cruise ship

Tammy Harvey
March 16, 2017

Even so, Port Canaveral Harbor Pilot Capt. Doug Brown did his part to help save the women by slightly veering the ship while Primmer "steered his boat into the path of the ship and quickly pulled the two girls onboard the sheriff's office safe boat".

Two women were nearly hit by a Carnival Cruise ship Saturday near the mouth of Florida's Port Canaveral harbor after flipping their jet skis and being stranded in the path of the massive ship. It had 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 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.

The frightening incident, which was captured on video, shows Skylar Pentasuglia, 19, and Allison Garrett, 20, of West Virgina, riding together before losing control of the speeding jet ski, almost getting clipped by the massive watercraft.

Fortunately, SeaPort Security Deputy Taner Primmer was in a BCSO boat, patrolling the port for the cruise ship departure. "No, get in!" people are heard screaming on the video as the ship came within feet of the pair.

The incident occurred Saturday as the Carnival Magic was departing Port Canaveral harbor.

A close call captured on camera.

The two women were identified as 19-year-old Skylar Penpasuglia and 20-year-old Allison Garrett, both of Princeton, West Virginia.

With just seconds to spare, two women were pulled from the water before a 130,000-tonne ship passed by.

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