By now you’ve probably clocked the insane photo captured by Harbour City Ferries decky and amateur photographer Haig Gilchrist while working a ferry bound for Manly during Sydney‘s wet weather weekend.

If you haven’t, here it is: the photo guaranteed to make even the steeliest stomach flip:

East Cost Low intensifying. #manlyferryride #manlyferryview #lovemanly #sydneyheads #sydneyweather #9weather #manly365

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Yes it’s real and, no, we can’t be certain the guy in the photo is still alive.

After we shared the photo last night, it went so viral that Harbour City Ferries whipped up a statement advising idiots (you) against trying to replicable a storm photo as insane as Gilchrist’s.

The best thing that’s happened to the Sydney Ferry network, maybe ever, and its media team quash peoples’ excitement and wonder by issuing safety warning.

Issued to PEDESTRIAN.TV, the statement reads: 

“Mr Gilchrist is a skilled amateur photographer who has a passion for Sydney Harbour and has worked on the Manly Ferry route for more than a decade.

“From brilliant sunsets to storms moving in over the water, his photography provides many beautiful images of Sydney Harbour and the iconic Manly Ferry service. He captures many of his unique stormy-weather shots of the ferries from crew-only access areas.

“Harbour City Ferries encourages customers to enjoy their ferry journey around Sydney Harbour and the Parramatta River and to take their own photographs as weather allows. But they shouldn’t count on snapping their own stormy weather shots like Mr Gilchrist’s – the ferries safety protocols include passengers’ requirement to travel inside the ferry with closed doors during the occasional heightened stormy conditions.”

Valid. We guess.

Photo: Haig Gilchrist.