We have mentioned in past posts that ships and tug boats like to hang out in our bay to avoid bad weather. They also come in to Brevig to make crew changes. We have deep water right up to the shoreline and that allows some tugs and barges to get people on and off the boat without having to launch their skiff.
Yesterday I was out at the airport when a plane came in. One of the guys getting off the plane was obviously with the barge company, he had that salty look (and he was talking on a hand held marine radio). I asked him if he would like a ride down to the beach. He said that he would rather walk, probably the last steps he would take on dry ground in a while.
I picked up a couple other passengers and gave them a ride into town. When I went home I noticed a tug boat pulled up to shore near our house. I drove down to take a look at it and saw that they guy from the plane was trying to get on the boat. The crew on the boat lowered a ladder off the bow, but the end of it was still in the surf. The new guy did not want to get wet, but there didn't seem to be anyway around it. Eventually he decided to take his shoes and pants off and wade out to the ladder. The water sure looked cold to me, but once he was on board he did have his dry pants to put on (too bad he left his dignity on the beach).
(I think this photo really deserves a close up.)