Here was the first in the series. Recognize the orange hull behind the orange inflatable?
It appeared to be a drill . . . at the St. George ferry racks of John J. Marchi. If anyone ends up in the frigid waters of the sixth boro, I presume this is the procedure. I missed the actual lowering.
As I left the west side of the terminal to see what tug had delivered the fuel barge (Answer: Eastern Dawn . . . 8th foto here), I saw the inflatable westbound and then
moments later, eastbound.
By the time I moved around to this side of the ferry racks again, said inflatable was hoisted, ready to the next drill or the next emergency.
All fotos by Will Van Dorp. Here’s a video of deckhands talking about a rescue a few years back.