Encyclopedia and his father went out for an exciting day of fishing. I use the word “exciting,” because while the two were getting ready, Encyclopedia noticed his father slip a gun into the lunch box.
Chief Brown explained that there was a teensy bit of a chance that while out fishing; they could run into two armed robbers who stole $300,000 worth of stuff from a millionaire’s home out on the islands. They were never apprehended. There was a possibility that while making their getaway at sea, the two robbers got caught in a heavy storm. There had been four days of heavy winds since then, so they could run into them.
Chief Brown doesn’t let two potentially dangerous armed robbery suspects at-large ruin a day with his son, so the two threw caution into the wind and went out to fish.
While on the water, Chief Brown saw a boat in the distance. To overcorrect for possibly putting his son in the crosshairs of these men, he radioed the Coast Guard. Hey, it could have been the two robbers, or it could have been someone enjoying the open sea. Brown didn’t know. Everyone out in sea was a suspect.
I joke, but of course it was the two robbers. But we don’t know that yet (except we do, otherwise, this story wouldn’t exist).
The Coast Guard told Brown that if things were going to start happening, their ship would be safest for him and his son. Uhh, unless the robbers started firing on them, right?
Anyway, the Browns dropped anchor and climbed aboard the Coast Guard ship, which then went to investigate the boat. When they got there, they found two sweaty men who claimed that they had been fishing when the storm hit them. Since then, they had been stranded with no food and water because water had gotten into their gas tank.
The Coast Guard, for some reason, allowed Chief Brown to search the boat – despite the fact that this was way out of his jurisdiction – and they seemed totally fine with the idea of Chief Brown sharing information in the case with his son.
I suppose it was good he did, because Encyclopedia noted that the supposed stranded fishermen had been sweating a great deal despite the fact that they had no access to water for four days. Where was this sweat coming from? They should be dehydrated.
After searching the boat, Chief Brown figured that their story checked out. No food. No water, Water in the gas tank. Most importantly, there was no loot from the millionaire’s house. That’s because they threw everything overboard when they saw the Coast Guard.
However, I’m going go ahead and say that Encyclopedia wasn’t necessarily needed for this case. We can assume that the Coast Guard has experience picking up people who had been lost at sea for several days. I would imagine that they would have a medic on board. Even if they didn’t, they should know what a dehydrated person would look like, and they would know that anyone wiping sweat off their foreheads was clearly not dehydrated.