Many sailors have been involved in rescues at sea, but I expect that they mainly rescue humans. What would you think if you got this call, to rescue a plane that is floating on a raft? I suspect that you would be checking the date wasn’t April the first.
I imagine that every morning the captain of the Samsonia wandered out on deck and just shook his head to see the Lockheed bomber, lashed to a raft, trailing along behind his own tug. It must have been one hell of a raft, to keep a bomber afloat for three days.
Can you imagine if they were unable to find it and at some later date an unsuspecting fisherman came across it?
What fantastical story do you think he would attach to this amazing sight?