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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