I know there is not much interest in this thread (building IS much cooler). But I know that bad news travels fast, so wanted to allay any fears.
I just wanted to report that N6184 and I are fine and doing well after ditching into Lake Wausau. I was having a fuel transfer problem, engine quit while turning base over the lake and I couldn't get enough fuel forward to keep it running or restart, or clear the trees (60 footers that sit on an airfield that is 30 feet above the water), so I settled her into the water just off shore.
Fortunately it flies so slowly that it touched at less than 35 kts, and with some slowing by the wheels before it dug in, impact was low, more like a tip over from what I can tell, and into shallow water as it turns out. I landed just past a 20' deep channel that I did not know was even there, onto a sand bar that was ~6 feet below the surface. (My story is that I saw a a big musky and tried an Alaska trick to try land and catch it).
Thank you Jesus, no injuries, and I was dry until I had to transfer to a bass boat. Current was starting to push the tail up and was concerned it was going turtle, so they had me grab the boat and let them pull me away a few feet before they pulled me in.
As they were taking me to shore (it "just so happens" Wausau Downtown has the remainders of a seaplane landing) I got to talk with EMS, the Sherriff, the fire department, (their divers checked the plane for leaks and put out buoys to protect it and the boaters), and, once on land I got to talk with the FAA, who had already talked to NTSB. THEN the Wisconsin DNR needed to be notified (they have responsibility for the water ways.
There is minimal sheet metal damage to the cowling from the splash into the water, the gear, fuselage, wings and tail feathers are undamaged, covering is intact, and no fuel or oil spilled, so I am not in "dutch" with the DNR.
A good friend came up with the idea of contacting Dock Masters owned by a young man that puts in and takes out boat lifts and the like). He was able to bring his rig to Lake Wausau, and it only took 2 hours to get the Pup to shore, from the time we launched. Really good guys, and good workers.
Go to my builder page Airdrome Airplanes & Supwith Pup Aviation Replica Sopwith Scout
and see the menu link “Pup Rescue” for a few of the pictures Casey Jones took. Here are a couple to “wet” your appetite.