Jet-skiing’s dangers have been well documented; the popular water activity has caused several deaths in recent times, most notably of a young Queensland woman in a Thai resort town.
But two jet skiers are lucky to be alive after coming within metres of being hammered by a huge cruise ship in Port Canaveral, Florida.
Footage of the incident shows how the pair was pulled onto a sheriff’s boat, and to safety, just moments before the Carnival Magic engulfed them, while shouts of “Oh my god, Oh my god, No get in!” are heard in the background. The jet-ski wasn’t so lucky, according to one onlooker, who said it had definitely been run over.
A statement posted on the Port Canaveral Pilot Association website says local harbor pilot, Captain Doug Brown, had been directing the cruise liner out of port when he noticed the jet skiers nearby. He then alerted Brevard County Marine Unit Deputy, Taner Primmer, who had been in the area, and the pair worked together to direct the ship away whilst rescuing the holidaymakers.
Florida Today reports that the West Virginia spring breakers won’t face any charges.
“They were right on the edge of the channel,” Primmer said, in supporting the pair.
“It's a place where they are entirely allowed to be in any given circumstance.”