Sean Tanner desperately clung to the empty oil drum that was catapulted into the sea when the HM Coastguard vessel was destroyed. He looked around for other survivors but the waves were obstructing his view. As far as he was concerned, he was alone, at least fifty miles from shore.
Five hours earlier…..
Sean parked his electric car in the car park next to the docks. It was an early start, Six O’clock AM but it was bright and not too chilly. He grabbed his backpack and locked his car. He could have sent the car back to HQ2 on its own, driverless but he’d have to get back by public transport, which was always a bit hit and miss.
Tanner flashed his ID at a Security Officer in a booth and was shown to his vessel, The Endeavour. Sean was to spend the day observing the British Coastguard to see if he could identify any shortcomings that could be improved upon.
Brandy Taylor switched on the TV and caught the tail end of a newsflash. The Newsreader was reporting that a British Coastguard vessel had been destroyed off the coast of Britain. When Brandy heard the name of the vessel her heart skipped a beat. She searched for her mobile and called Alex straight away.
Alex Farrington was overseeing building activities at HQ2; the site they had taken over was woefully inadequate and needed extensive alteration. He called for the crew to take a break and was about to go to the canteen when his mobile rang.
"Alex, I’ve just seen the News. Sean’s boat has been destroyed."
"What? Has HQ been in touch?"
"No, they might not know yet."
"I’ll go and talk to Sarah, she might have some up-to-date news."
"Keep me posted Alex, let me know when you hear something."
"I will, love you. Talk to you soon." Alex ended the call and set off towards the main building. He thought Sarah Serking must have some intelligence about the incident. He couldn’t understand why she hadn’t been in touch.
The craft was of an unusual design but Alex, Brandy and Sarah Serking all clambered in and buckled up. The helipad was getting quite a buffeting by strong crosswinds, so they hoped the experimental craft was up to the job. Brandy initiated the automatic launch sequence and entered the last known coordinates of The Endeavour. The small craft took off without any wobbles which came as a surprise to the on board crew, considering the gusty conditions. A storm had been forecast for later on that day so time was of the essence. If Sean Tanner and other crew members were still alive they needed to pinpoint their positions as quickly as possible. A larger support craft would meet up with them once they were over the wreck site.
Prompt 4 is in the form of a piece of interactive fiction.