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An inflatable raft washes ashore in Maryland, carrying three survivors of a missing Navy helicopter; the pilot also is missing; Gibbs and company investigate in cooperation with Borin (of the CGCIS). Gibbs and Duckman, using their "covert prowess", speak with the two conscious crewmembers; Tony, McGee, and Borin meet a local scavenger, and Tony and McGee find the body of the pilot, with a gunshot wound in his head; Gibbs and Ducky contemplate the possibility of suicide. The crew chief of the chopper says much to Gibbs, as does the widow; Gibbs and Ziva visit the carrier and have a confrontational chat. Tony and McGoose visit the third survivor, who has regained consciousness, and who contradicts the other two; the musketeers further check out the crew, and they learn more; skillful questioning elicits tearful confessions from the first two shipmates; the team and the other Abby arrest the bad guy. Gibbs prepares to deliver an item to the son of the dead pilot.