Bering Sea Gold: Paydirt 1.01
Welcome to Nome, Alaska where hopeful miners prepare to hit the water for the summer season. The Bering Sea is ready and waiting for divers to descend its depths in search of gold, but not every mining team is adequately prepared.
Introducing the Christine Rose, owned and operated by Steve and Shawn Pomrenke:
While completing their pre-launch checklist, Shawn discovers that the thrusters are down. And while attempting to put the Christine Rose in the water, it slips off the trailer and the hull scrapes the asphalt boat launch. Steve takes the risk and decides to put the mega dredge in the water anyway, and luckily, it’s still seaworthy.
After a storm blows in, Shawn is forced to call it an early day. But with only the excavator arm to propel them, his crew calls on the Courtney Ann to tow them into the harbor.
Shawn: “We’re up sh*t creek.”
Gold Total: 46.67 oz
Introducing the Clark, owned and operated by Zeke Tenhoff:
Zeke is $180k in debt for hospital bills, so he needs to bring in some serious gold this season. He hires his lifelong friend and greenhorn gold miner, Emily Riedel, as a deckhand to help him out. Zeke puts in a five-hour dive, but the approaching storm sends the Clark back to the harbor early.
Zeke and Emily: “Not even God can sink this ship!”
Gold Total: 5 oz
Introducing the Wild Ranger, owned by Vernon Atkison and captained by Scott Meisterheim:
Scott is growing impatient waiting for diver, Steve Riedel, to show up for work. Once Steve does show up, Scott sends him to fill a gas can. After waiting two hours for Steve to return, Scott decides to leave without him. Scott is also auditioning a new diver, Jason Walker. Jason dives for 37 minutes before resurfacing. Shortly after, Jason falls off the dredge, dislocating his shoulder. Frustrated, Scott calls Vernon to let him know they are coming in early to take Jason to the ER. At the dock, Steve accosts Vernon about being left behind, and lets him know he’s ready to dive in Jason’s place.
Steve: “Stand your ground, Mr. Vern. Back off.”
Vernon: “You’re off the boat! He’s off the boat. He’s off the boat. He’s off the boat.”
Is he off the boat, Vern?
Gold Total: 0 oz (no cleanout)
Introducing the Sluicey, owned and operated by Ian Foster:
Ian has just quit his job as a social worker and emptied his life savings into his new dredge, but he will have to put even more money into the Sluicey now that it has flooded and needs to be partially rebuilt.
Ian: “You can’t knock on wood on a metal vessel.”
Gold total: 0 oz
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