Bering Sea Gold: Gold Stress 2.10
Shawn is back after serving a 10-day jail sentence for his DUI. The Pomrenke’s need another 630 ounces to meet their season goals and to pay the crew’s wages. Doug has them on great paydirt that is bringing in roughly $2,000 an hour, but the rough seas threaten to push them back into harbor. Shawn decides to stay put, but the storm intensifies, so he and Cody prepare to head in a few hours later. While Cody attempts to pull the anchor, the cable snaps, sending it to the bottom of the Bering Sea. Shawn is worried that if the wind shifts, they won’t make it back in one piece.
Shawn: “The dredge is falling apart but we’ve got a fuck ton of gold in the box. Whoo!”
Cody uses the excavator arm to row the Christine Rose back to safety, but the wind is so strong that it is pushing the barge deeper out to sea. Shawn uses a chain to redirect their thrust and keep them moving in a straight line toward shore. After a lengthy battle, Cody safely guides the Christine Rose past the break wall and into harbor. With a healthy clean out, Shawn and Steve decide the risk to stay out was worth the reward.
Gold Total: 131.7 oz
Vernon heads out alone with Daryl for the first shift. Before he even gets in the water, Daryl checks the sluice box from a previous dive and finds a $250 nugget sitting on top. He takes it as a good omen and a sign of what’s to come from today’s dive.
Vern: “I like that cha-ching.”
With weather moving in, Vernon worries about the rising whitecaps. Daryl informs Vern that the visibility has deteriorated to almost zero, but because they are on the best gold of the season and severely behind their season goal of 100 ounces, Vern decides to stick it out a little longer. Fate has other plans though, because the air compressor that supplies Daryl’s oxygen suddenly runs out of fuel. Daryl has 30 seconds of air left to resurface while Vern scrambles to get the ladder back into the water for him. Daryl runs out of air before Vern is ready. He clings to the Wild Ranger for dear life, worried that his weight belt will drag him back down if he lets go. Vernon assists Daryl in removing his mask and weight belt and successfully gets him back onboard, though not quickly enough for Daryl, who cusses him out for not knowing what he is doing.
I guess that golden nugget wasn’t much of a good omen after all…
Vern: “If you don’t have any more fuel, then you don’t have any more fuel. If we had more fuel, we wouldn’t have run out of fuel.”
Gold Total: 7 oz
Tensions are high between Zeke and Emily, and their arguments at home are beginning to seep into their time on the water too. John takes the first dive, but shortly after he finishes prospecting, he finds a wolf eel near his chosen mining spot, so he decides to move to a new area. He tells Zeke that he is seeing the best gold of the season.
Emily: “I just don’t want to live with that pouty little fuck anymore.”
John completes an eight-hour dive as a summer storm moves into Nome. Most of the other smaller dredges have headed in for the day, but Zeke decides to push their luck and stay out. Emily voices her concerns, and even John tells Zeke that the visibility is terrible, but Zeke dives anyway, hoping to get another 30 minutes of mining in before the weather becomes undredgable. After struggling to find the nozzle in the poor conditions, Zeke tells Emily and John that he’s seeing the best gold of his life. His excitement is short-lived, however, when the rising swells begin to pull the dredge, and Zeke, off his new hotspot. Emily and John tell Zeke it's time to head in, and he reluctantly agrees.
Zeke: “This season is just ending with a whimper.”
Back at their apartment, Zeke only offers Emily 10% of the gold after the cleanout. He and John had discussed a 20% cut for her, and because of this, John is surprised that Zeke lowballed her. He decides to leave while they sort things out. Emily tells Zeke that she might as well quit because he obviously doesn't value her as a member of the team.
Gold Total: 12.45 oz
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