Previously: An hour or so later they were in the air along with Daisy (who insisted on going). The DeHavilland was a purpose-designed people transport—very good at getting into and out of small airfields. It was not good at aerobatics—thus for Boomer—boring.
They’d passed-over Rock Island some time before and as they were approaching the Apostle Islands when the engine began to spew black smoke. Boomer & AJ about to crash!
“Looks like we’re going-down, son! I’m gonna try to put her in the water off that beach—BRACE YOURSELF!”
There was no time for Boomer to radio their position before they hit the water hard.
Season 9—Chapter 1—Search & Rescue—Episode 6—At Rock Island…
Flutters finished passing out the helmets and each seagull adjusted his or hers to fit (anyone else see a problem here?) just on time to hear, “MAYDAY—MAYDAY—MAYDAY! THIS IS MOOSEHEAD AIRLINES….” The transmission ended there.
Flutters recognized the voice—even over a rather scratchy low frequency transmission—it was the “Brown & White!”
Suddenly the airwaves—on all radio-frequencies—exploded with distress-calls; boats big and small all reporting they lost power and were unable to move.
“They managed to get their device working.”
“But how, Sid?” Flutters asked, “I thought they needed a part.”
“I guess they still do, the signal has stopped.”
“Maybe they didn’t wait for the part?”
“They won’t get that part now, Flutters.”
“It had to be coming by boat—or air. If it was anywhere in reach of that signal…”
“Shot themselves in the foot by testing the device BEFORE the part arrived?” Flutters was right—indeed they had.
At the same time—near the Apostle Islands…
To be Continued…