The mammoth orange ferry was less than 700 feet away from docking at the Staten Island ferry terminal on Saturday when its crew realized that something was very wrong: It was not slowing down.
At the helm stood Donald Russell, 27, a five-year veteran of the ferry system who was working on his second day as a full captain. He did not feel the usual vibrations that occur when the ferry, the Andrew J. Barberi, begins to slow.
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