QUICK ACTION BY PILOT AND MARINE UNIT DEPUTY SAVES LIVES
Quick action by a Port Canaveral harbor pilot and a Brevard County Marine Unit Deputy saved two boaters operating a personal water craft in Port Canaveral on Saturday afternoon, March 11, 2017 from possible serious injury or worse. Capt. Doug Brown was the pilot navigating the cruise ship Carnival Magic out of the port when he noticed a personal water craft being operated within the 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 Capt. Brown, the Captain and bridge team of the Carnival Magic, and Deputy Primmer for their outstanding actions that resulted in the rescue of these boaters. This incident highlights the dedication to safety at Port Canaveral as a result of the close cooperation between the Canaveral Pilots Association and the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.