We sailed on the Carnival Triumph to Mexico last week. The first stop was Progreso, a port city on the northern side of the Yucatan. As we left the port, I went up to the forward deck on the 9th floor to watch the ship leave the long channel. I was treated to a scene of death-defying courage by the city harbor pilot. He does this twice a week. There's not enough money ion the world to get me to take his job.
Shot with a 7D, using a 100-400mm L. C&C welcomed.
This first shot shows the harbor pilot's boat waiting for us at the end of the channel. He was just sitting there at first, burt as we passed, the pilot boat gunned the engine.
The pilot boat is accelerating toward the cruise ship.
Now he's really picking up speed as he's catching up with the big ship going full throttle.
He's pulling alongside the port side of the cruise ship. Notice that the pilot boat had to change direction to match the turn of the cruise ship after it cleared the channel.
He's getting closer to the side of the ship. If you look closely, you can see a rope ladder hanging down from the cruise ship just even with the front of the pilot boat.
The harbor pilot climbs down the rope ladder. Notice that he's not wearing a life jacket, despite the near-certainty of death if he falls into the water.
That's one small step for a man...
He'd better hold on tight! Notice that the guy behind him is wearing flip-flops!!