Boomer and Larry taxied back onto the runway as the Lightning took off and had anyone been watching they’d have seen a perfect formation takeoff—the Hellcat’s 18-cylinder Pratt & Whitney & Mustang’s V12-cylinder Rolls-Royce Merlin engines roaring in disharmony. But no one saw or heard.
Over Lake Superior—several miles northeast… As the Lightning streaked out over the lake Jay & Sarah found many big white (or off-white) high-speed cruisers cruising here and there—there were even two in the distance, racing.
What they couldn’t know—only one of the two was racing—the other one was running away.
Season 8—Chapter 4—Fighting Back—Episode 5:
On Lake Superior—off Danger Bay… Lt. Silverthorn, Sheriff’s Deputy Lt. Shouse and the Canine Auxiliary Deputies boarded the casino-boat along with several of Cob Pettigrew’s auxiliary US Coast Guard members and quickly searched the boat. They found and captured five high-ranking members of the cartel along with a dozen or so low-level members—the game attendants (including Randy Kidd—who remained undercover), and separated them from the guests-gamblers.
The snoop-patrol, Daisy & PepperCooper quickly nosed-out a stash of cocaine, Buttons, Benji and Alice found the underage girls in a bilge-level cabin—and Lt. Shouse forced the padlocked door open and took the girls into protective custody.
Auxiliary Coast Guard Cutter MV Sparrow Captain Molly Halloran ordered the boat to come alongside the casino-boat for a prisoner transfer and she ordered the SV Danger Bay to the scene to pick up the gambler-guests (at least those who did not engage in prostitution) and return them to Grand Marais and Two Harbors.
Over Lake Superior—twenty miles to the northeast… Default Squadron Leader (because she was there first) Sarah Cooper suggested (ordered) a search of the shoreline, reasoning that the fugitive boat would head for shore at it’s soonest opportunity. There were many inlets hidden from view unless directly overflown. The three old fighters separated and began searching.
The old fighters were particularly unsuited to search missions—they simply cannot fly slow enough to be thorough searchers. Each would make several passes through each inlet.
It was on the second pass that Boomer saw what he thought might be their quarry and made a third pass for confirmation—it would have been better if sharp-eyed Daisy had been in her usual place in the second seat, “Sarah, I found it beached in Cross Creek inlet. The brush is too thick to see anyone, I’m afraid.”
“Thanks. I think we should explore the nearby roads—even though I don’t expect to find much—the tree canopy is pretty thick.”
They found nothing.
To be Continued…
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