05/11/2010 01:23 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Staten Island Ferry's Crew Followed Protocols

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.