In chapter 18, Brian makes several trips to the submerged plane and manages to cut a hole in the tail of the plane big enough for him to enter. Eventually, Brian discovers the survival pack against the backs of the seat and recovers the precious equipment. When Brian returns to shore, he is too exhausted to search through the survival pack and immediately falls asleep. The next morning, Brian opens the survival pack and is ecstatic about the contents inside, which eventually contribute to his rescue. Inside the survival pack, Brian discovers a sleeping bag, various cooking implements, fishing gear, and a first-aid kit.
Brian is also surprised to find a .22 survival rifle but experiences a strange feeling because he believes that the weapon gives him an unfair advantage over nature. By far the most important piece of equipment Brian discovers is an emergency transmitter. Brian proceeds to turn the transmitter's switch on and off a few times before setting it down against the wall. Since the transmitter makes no noise and does not elicit any response, he assumes it is broken.
Shortly after rummaging through the survival pack and making a meal from the rations inside the bag, a bush plane with floats arrives to save Brian. After landing the plane on the water, the pilot explains to Brian that he heard the emergency transmitter and spotted the submerged plane in the lake. Apparently, Brian accidentally left the emergency transmitter on, which attracted the pilot flying nearby. After spending fifty-four days in the Canadian wilderness, Brian is rescued and returns to civilization.