OCEAN CITY — Close to the horizon, as seen from an almost deserted winter beach in the south end of Ocean City, the lift boat Northstar Voyager can be seen silhouetted against the sunrise.

With its three legs extended to the sandy sea floor, the 91-foot craft forms a stable platform in the open ocean.

The vessel can be used in water depths of up to 100 feet, according to a spec sheet from the marine services company that operates it, but this close to the shore it is likely only in about 30 feet of water, depending on the tide. Read more from The Press of Atlantic City.