Brown alerted Deputy Taner Primmer of the Sheriff's Marine Unite patrol, who was working in the area.
Skylar Penpasuglia, 19, and Allison Garrett, 20, were enjoying their spring break in Port Canaveral, Florida, when their vacation almost turned into a catastrophe.
Two women riding a jet ski on spring break in Port Canaveral, Florida, found themselves in a scary life-and-death situation Saturday after flipping their personal watercraft in front of an oncoming Carnival cruise ship.
"My brother and I ran to the side of the ship and saw the jet ski".
Brown veered the cruise ship away from the jet skiers, giving Primmer just enough time to get both jet skiers into his boat and to back the boat away from the potential disaster.
Two jet skiers were dramatically rescued by a heroic deputy who pulled the women from the water moments before they were hit by a 130,000-ton cruise ship.
The cruise ship then quickly cast a shadow over the rescue boat, getting closer and closer.
According to the Port Canaveral Harbor Pilot Association, Captain Doug Brown, one of its harbor pilot, was navigating Carnival Cruise ship Magic out of the port when he noticed two women on a jet ski within the navigation channel.
"Get in! Get in!" some of the Magic's passengers screamed. Primmer managed to get his boat out of the ship's path seconds before impact would have occurred.
Brevard Sheriff Wayne Ivey thanked Primmer and Brown for their quick actions to rescue the women.
"I couldn't be prouder of the actions of Deputy Taner Primmer, a member of our SeaPort Security Marine Unit who placed his life in peril without hesitation to rescue the young girls, and the Harbor Master Pilot, who not only maintained communication with the deputy, but was able to safely veer the ship, providing Deputy Primmer the extras seconds needed", Ivey told Florida Today. "He was truly a hero yesterday", Pentasuglia said.