Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice - Leads to an End 1.05
The ice is melting rapidly, and the miners are all scrambling to get every last ounce of gold before the conditions become too dangerous.
Short of their season goal of 100 ounces, the Shamrock sends rookie diver Phil Rodes back down for one of the last dives of the winter season. They need him to pick up the pace to bring in a one more sizable cleanout.
After a few hours of Phil unsuccessfully sucking up dirt, Cody decides to suit up and put himself back in the water despite not having the all clear from his doctor regarding his ruptured eardrum. Luckily, he makes it to the seafloor without any issues, and he is able to put the Shamrock back on its paystreak to finish the season off strong.
Steve shows up on the scene to tell Shawn that it is time to pack it in, so Shawn pulls Cody up and calls the end of their ice mining season.
Jason: “He’s back, he’s back. He’s ready to attack!”
Gold Total: 53.95 oz
The Lazy Gator crew are hard at work dismantling their winter setup, taking their valuable extra materials and equipment to shore in case the ice gives way beneath them. With the ice weakening every moment, mining is becoming increasingly dangerous for the crew above and below.
30 minutes into Derek’s dive, he starts hearing the ice shifting above him which is enough to scare him into resurfacing. He is willing to risk anything but his life to mine for gold, and he tells the rest of the crew it’s time to pack up and move out. They reluctantly agree, but after one last look at the sluice box reminds them of the great ground they are covering, Jacob decides to try his luck and take another dive. From there, the crew decides to dive in one-hour shifts to continuously monitor the status of the melting ice.
Minutes into Ricky’s dive, he too sees the light after hearing the cracking and popping of the shifting ice above. He tells the rest of the crew that whatever gold is left down there is not worth his life because he has a family to take care of. The rest of the crew follows suit, safely transporting the rest of their gear to shore.
“The Gators’ last ride on the gator!”
“Fair thee well, ice holes.”
Gold Total: 47.43 oz
Despite his entire crew telling him to pack it in, Zeke decides to continue mining. With a new crack in the ice now running the entire length of the shoreline, their entire mining operation now is now nestled on a free-floating piece of ice that could blow away with one wind shift. Desperate for cash, Zeke hopes to get another couple of weeks out of the ice, when in reality, he barely has a couple of hours.
Not finding the material he is looking for; Zeke decides to compound his risk factors by adding an extra 30-foot section to the suction hose so he can prospect further from their hole. He still doesn’t find any gold, and finally takes it as a sign to pack the Clark operation up for the winter.
Gold Total: 5.7 oz
Season Gold Totals:
Lazy Gator – 95.95 oz
Shamrock – 69.45 oz
The Clark – 7.7 oz
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