There's a picture on ship-spotting.com of a Royal Navy Merlin with its nose wheel off the edge of the carrier deck while she was in Istanbul a few days ago. There's no mention of injuries so hopefully everyone was OK but presumably that tow-bar was once attached to a tug which I can only assume went over the side.
Another image shows a crane being bought alongside, I can only assume it was used to lift the Merlin back onboard.
My wings are like a shield of steel.
It looks like the crane's hook is right on the waterline, so maybe it was going tug fishing?
Impressive aviation find on not at all aviation website.... kudos to you Batfink:
I'm a conscientious man... when I throw rocks at seabirds I leave no tern unstoned. (Ogden Nash)
Et nom de dieu! C'est triste Orly la dimanche (Jacques Brel)
If youn watched WARSHIP on C5 last night, this wont surprise you at all !
Two more images of this here
The word Oops comes to mind!
AirSpace - more than just hot air