Near Tragedy Averted in Port Canaveral Channel

Jet skiers were in trouble late Saturday when they found themselves right in the path of the Carnival Magic as she was departing the port. One girl fell off the jet ski and when she tried to get back into the craft, it tipped over. Strong breezes pulled two spring breakers close to the bow of the ship which was still in the navigation channel. Luckily the quick action of Port Canaveral Harbor Pilot Capt. Doug Brown who while navigating the ship through the channel, noticed the danger, & alerted the Brevard County Sheriff Marine Unit. The marine patrol boat operated by Deputy Taner Primmer was in the water at the time. Working with the captain of the ship, Brown was able to maneuver the vessel away from the boaters, while Taner in the patrol boat quickly pulled the girls to safety before they could be pulled under the ship. A passenger on board videotaped the rescue & it is posted on Youtube.

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7 Answers

Seems to me the ship was in danger of being scratched by the jet ski, and getting blood on her white hull. Glad that was averted.

Funny how the media made it sound that the ship was at fault. It was not. A cruise liner her size cannot stop on a dime, we all know. But the Port was quick to avert what could have been a tragic outcome.

That's because it was Carnival. The media often makes Carnival the "fall guy". Even when it is another cruise line altogether, sometime a Carnival ship is in the photo.

Where I am happy no one was hurt. I always find it interesting where someone is where they should not be doing something foolish. When it goes wrong it the party's fault.

I've noticed that too. It seems to me it's often a Carnival or one of the mega-RCCL ship pictures that are shown no matter which cruise line had the incident. When NCL Star broke down off Australia last month one of the online news sites showed pictures of one of the RCCL ships.

Blame the train, not the car stuck on the tracks after going around the gates.........

Funny also that the pilot from the port was on the bridge. OK there is nothing funny about what happened and I am glad that the three spring breakers are fine although more than a bit frightened.

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