Brevard County, Florida - A Brevard County Deputy is being recognized for his heroism after he risked being run down by a cruise ship in order to save two jet-skiers in the ship's path.
Sheriff Wayne Ivey took to Facebook to recognize this hero:
Deputy Taner Primer would have rescued the girls faster, but he was no-doubt slowed down by the weight of his massive brass balls.On Saturday, March 11, 2017, at approximately 4:45 PM, SeaPort Security Marine Deputy Taner Primmer was providing a security escort for the Carnival Magic when he was able to avert a tragedy and save two vacationers who were riding a jet ski.
The incident took place when 19-year-old Skylar Penpasuglia and 20-year-old Allison Garrett, both of Princeton, West Virginia, were enjoying Spring Break and operating a Jet Ski in Port Canaveral. One of the riders fell from the Jet Ski and upon trying to climb back onboard, the Jet Ski flipped upside down. 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.
Due to the narrow width of the Port’s channel, there was very little room to maneuver the ship; however, Port Canaveral Harbor Pilot Capt. Doug Brown slightly veered the ship when Deputy Primmer steered his boat into the path of the ship and quickly pulled the two girls onboard the Sheriff’s Office Safe Boat. Once safely onboard, Deputy Primmer immediately backed the Safe Boat out of the Ship’s path and into an area of safety. 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.
I could not be more proud of the actions of Deputy Tanner Primmer, a member of our SeaPort Security Marine Unit who placed his life in peril without hesitation to rescue the Port visitors, and the Port Canaveral Harbor Pilot Capt. Doug Brown who not only maintained communication with Deputy Primmer, but was able to safely veer the ship, which provided Deputy Primmer the extra seconds needed to save the young girls.