It's early evening on April 27, 2009 and a very brave Sunfish crew without life jackets sail out the Mt. Pleasant Channel just off of Fort Moultrie.
The telephoto lens makes it appear that this boat is only yards from shore.
In a very light breeze and out going tide these Sullivan's Island sailors just creep along the main channel heading towards open ocean.
The tiny sunfish (Sail Number 51480) continued for several minutes with their backs to the harbor unaware that a 900 foot container ship was fast approaching from behind.
Eventually the sailboat tacked towards Fort Sumter and out of the main channel. Minutes later the Container Ship Evergreen Challenge passed without incident. Ending the suspense and our chance for a Pulitzer prize winning news photo.