Last night’s Discovery Channel episode of “Bering Sea Gold” was titled “Under the Ice: Waterfalls of Gold.” These episodes were made during the winter as the brave souls that challenge the Arctic winter, dive for gold under the frozen Bering Sea. As the intro starts and the dredges are introduced, Shawn’s dredge, the Shamrock is the dredge the Pomrenke crew is aboard, as the Christine Rose is unsuitable for dredging on the icy surface. The Clark is back with Zeke and his crew. Steve’s World on Ice features Steve Reidel, his daughter Emily and crew. Crusty Vern Adkison on the Wild Ranger, while explosive Scott Meisterheim returns once again for redemption and surely some fireworks.
As the episode begins, spring is starting to show its face, and these signs are not good news to the ice dredgers. Each passing day as the ice pack weakens, could be their last chance for gold.
As Shawn Pomrenke comes to town for more fuel, he is ready to hit the ice and hopefully stay on the gold he found before the fuel ran out. Their operation is counting on the Shamrock to find enough gold to finance the repairs needed to the Christine Rose, their summer dredging operation. As he got to the airport, to pick up his father, Steve immediately started questioning him on what he found in the sluice.
On Steve’s World on Ice, the battle between father and daughter continue; Emily is pissed that the operation continues to come to a halt. Finally, Grant makes a dive, but the visibility is horrible, and now they are in the middle of a sand bar, as he dug down about four feet, he found cobble. As they heard the pebbles hitting the sluice, it was music to their ears.
On The Clark, Zeke and crew have been running 24 hours a day since they started. Milan had a bad experience on his last dive, but he is down again and finding gold. When his regulator freezes again, and he has to come up, but his tangled weight belt pinned him the ocean floor. Finally, after another near-death experience and a repair, he is back down again. However, this episode has brought back bad memories of John Bunce, and Zeke is getting ready to pull the plug on the operation.
On the Wild Ranger, Vern is still hoping to find more gold, so he beats Steve’s season take, because Steve challenged him to a bet.
As Shawn is taking Steve out to the Shamrock, the crew is trying to thaw the frozen line. Finally, as father and son arrive, the diver is on his way down to the bottom, and there is no dirt in the sluice yet.
On the Anchor Management, Scott is suiting up for the day’s dive. They are diving in a very dangerous place, with only a shallow amount of water under five feet of thick ice that could crash on top of a diver as the tides change. As Scott was below, he heard a loud crack of ice that could have been a shifting of ice. So he came up and sent one of his crew down to risk their life.
On The Clark, Zeke is worried that one of his crew members could die, and has thrown himself into his work instead of allowing himself to grieve over the death of John Bunce, his childhood friend and colleague. Zeke feels that he will never recover from the loss, especially because he feels responsible for it.
On the Shamrock, with Steve looking over Shawn’s shoulder, he is going down below at the crack of a new day to find more gold and hopefully get nearer to their goal of 200 ounces. As Shawn is below, he found his streak again and is elated.
In town, Zeke is at home unwinding, while the rest of the crew is working. The Glen, the owner of the underwater dredge is adamant that if he ever works with Zeke again, he will not be the boss of him. Milan and Ian are a bit more sympathetic to Zeke’s feelings that he is finally let surface. As he told Ian about his feelings, he handed over his leadership role to his crew.
On the Shamrock, Shawn showed Steve his small find so far, but Steve knows how hard Shawn has been working and told him how proud he was of his son. Shawn told his dad that he inherited his work ethic from him.
As the captain of The Clark stepped down, the crew stepped up and found waterfalls of gold in the underwater sluice.
The season tally is now:
- The Clark leads with 56.86 ounces for $77,300.
- Shamrock has 8 ounces for $11,200.
- Wild Ranger 2.42 ounces for $3,388.
- Anchor Management .97 ounces for $1,358.
- Steve’s World on Ice .26 ounces for $364.
Now that all teams are on the board, once can only wonder what will happen on the next episode of “Bering Sea Gold.”
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