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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Above and Below

Astoria, Oregon ~ February 14, 2012

This may be a training session in progress, as the pilot boat is also on scene (below) for any necessary transfer of pilots. I've heard that ships' pilots are sometimes transferred by helicopter at sea or on the bar when it's too rough for a boat to come alongside the ship. I remember hearing at one time that helicopter transfers were to become routine, but I don't know what happened to that idea. I wonder which method is more dangerous. I can imagine which is more expensive. Here in the river, waters are quite calm today.


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6 comments:

Nori said...

Exciting scene!

Lowell said...

That's quite a shot, that first one. I'm not sure I'd like to do that unless it was absolutely necessary!

Love those "little" tugs!

VP said...

You caught very well an unusual scene!

JM said...

I totally agree with VP, this is a terrific post.

Lee Spangler said...

Sheryl: This is Daily Astorian material.. Could be worth some greenbacks!

Pat Tillett said...

I never knew they used helicopters at all...
I like both photos, but the second one is really nice!

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