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Florida officials narrowly rescue jet skiers from oncoming cruise ship

Florida officials narrowly rescue jet skiers from oncoming cruise ship

Anthony Miglioranzi, 29, of Port Orange, said he and cruise passengers were "prepared for the worst" when they said their cruise ship, Carnival Magic, almost struck two jet ski riders on Saturday. The day's wind pushed the women into the port's narrow channel and in the way of the 13,000-ton ship.

"Oh my God, oh my God no", one passenger can be heard saying as the ship's shadow got closer to the patrol boat indicating a collision was imminent.

In the final tense moments Dept Primmer manages to drag the second woman into the boat before sprinting to the cabin to move the craft just in time as the ship ploughs past just feet away. Two young women from Princeton, West Virginia, Allison Garrett, 20, and Skylar Penpasuglia, 19, were operating a personal watercraft in the port.

Primmer, of Brevard County Sheriff's Office, steered his boat to rescue the frantic women and within a minute, pulled each of them out of the water, just before the ship sailed past them.

The jet ski flipped, dumping the passengers into the water, "in extremely close proximity to the bow of the ship" that was "bearing down on their position".

Garrett took to Facebook following the incident to thank Primmer for his actions.

The Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post: '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'.

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 awful situation".

The harbor pilot was navigating the ship out of the port when he saw two women on a jet ski within the navigation channel. "He was truly a hero yesterday,".

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