Bering Sea Gold: Nice Guys Finish Last 2.03
With a patch of good weather between storms, the miners try to make the most of their time on the water. Some succeed, while others experience debilitating setbacks.
After being kicked off their claim by the DNR, Shawn receives verbal confirmation from another claim owner that they can mine on his ground for a 20% stake of their earnings.
With the season’s bills piling up, Steve pulls out his dowsing rods to tell Shawn where to dig. Shawn prefers to test pan, believing that it is the only true way to know what kind of material they are working with. While Steve’s method suggests there is no gold on their new spot, one of Shawn’s test pans reveals material that is loaded with gold. Steve agrees to dig on the spot for a day to see how it goes.
Shawn: “Dowsing is pure voodoo.”
Gold Total: 41.25 oz
Scott and his crew decide to camp near Steve Riedel’s yurt, and Steve calls the police. He says he doesn’t want Scott anywhere near him because he’s afraid Scott may try to hurt him or even kill him.
Later on, while Scott and his crew are working on their still flooded dredging equipment, Alaskan State Troopers arrive to serve Scott with a restraining courtesy of Steve.
*throws away court order*
Gold Total: 0 oz
Veteran diver, Darryl Galipeau attempts to coach Steve on underwater prospecting methods without much luck. During Steve’s dive, he pokes around, but after a few holes, he claims he still hasn’t seen any gold. Steve informs Vern and Darryl that he’s experiencing poor visibility and increased current. Even though Vern agrees that the weather is starting to pick up around them, he decides to ride it out a little longer. After two hours of not finding anything, Steve resurfaces despite Vern’s wishes to stay put.
Vern: “There’s no doubt in my military mind we’re going to make it work.”
Despite Steve claiming not to have seen any gold, Darryl discovers that the sluice box shows signs of color. Unfortunately, because Steve didn’t provide accurate reports, Vern didn’t bother to mark the location on the GPS or drop a marker buoy.
Gold Total: 0.85 oz
Eager to clear his name against the accusations of claim jumping, Zeke checks his coordinates against the lease maps and finds that he was well within the boundaries of their claim.
With Emily and his brother Sam in tow, Zeke returns to the same location, determined to get every last ounce of gold from his honey hole. Early on in his dive, he finds a nugget worth almost $400. After six hours, Zeke sends Emily down. She struggles to maneuver the heavy 10-inch nozzle, and Zeke is concerned that she is trying to move it around too much, unnecessarily tiring herself out. The air compressor hose breaks lose, cutting Emily’s oxygen supply. Zeke calls her up, but she runs out of air halfway to the surface. She is too exhausted to swim back to the boat, so Zeke and Sam pull her in.
Emily: “I need to like fucking dowse myself in holy water or something.”
With the wind picking up around them, the Edge heads back to harbor. Despite the day’s setbacks, Zeke is happy with their progress. He estimates that he is moving 10 times the material with the Edge than he was able to move with the Clark.
While Emily contemplates her last few close calls on the dredge and the dangers associated with being a diver, Zeke heads down to the DNR. He successfully clears his name against the accusation of claim jumping, but the DNR shuts his operation down due to the fact that he has not filed for the proper permits for his gold mining operation.
Gold Total: 4.7 oz
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