Tonight’s Discovery Channel episode of “Bering Sea Gold,” is titled “Girl Drama.” As the winter ice mining is getting its start, the miners quickly learn that the government is shutting them down on April 15th, making it the shortest ice mining season on record. With only twenty-four days left to mine, Shawn Pomrenke is 100 miles from Nome at The Bluff, where nobody has mined for over a century. They found an old miner’s cabin that will give them more protection than their tent.
Back in Nome, the alliance between Emily Reidel and Zeke Tenhoff is on thin ice. Emily’s team seems to be just as shaky because the three women have scuba certification, but that does not mean they are miners. Jen Newby, Shelby Johnson and Kendall Winslow are greenhorns and watch as Zeke goes below. They listen to the conversation between Zeke and Emily as Zeke finds gold. Kendall feels that the dredging equipment is just slapped together and feels that she will risk her life by going below.
At The Bluff, Shawn and his crew are looking for cobble with a camera and find a good place to begin. Now they are assembling their equipment, and the dive heater experienced a ruptured coil inside the tank. At the moment, the diving is being delayed until a replacement or repair can be made.
Vern Adkison is mining with his robot that goes below as the crew operates it from above. One diver assists the robot, but when flat rocks clog it, the robot comes topside. Crew Chief Derek McLarty takes it to get repaired as the operation comes to a halt. In the shack, he welds rebar to block the large holes that allow the rocks to sneak in and clog the suction.
Shawn welded the broken heater coil hoping that there are no other cracks that are not visible. The first man ever to see the bottom on the sea floor at The Bluff is Shawn. Now all he has to do is find the mother lode to retain his name of Mr. Gold.
Kendall tells Emily that she is not trusting the equipment and will not dive because there is a danger existing. She accused Emily of not being truthful and has no respect for her. Emily has no patience for her and bids her a not-so-fond adieu. Zeke is not really sorry to see her leave because he remembers her calling him “fat boy” in the eighth grade. Now it is Shelby’s turn to dive, and she loves the sights below, but as they check her air pressure, it seems to be dropping. Shelby feels alright despite the bad reading.
Back below, Vern’s robot is ready to go, and they will soon find out if Derek’s repair worked or not. Vern sees good material coming up to the sluice and on a rare occasion, is happy for now.
Shawn is below but finds nothing shiny. He begins to prospect and comes across cobble, usually a good sign of gold below. After five hours, he comes to the surface and sees gold in the box. Cody caught some king crabs with his crab pot so they will be eating well tonight.
At the Wild Ranger, the first cleanup has high expectations, and they claim seven and quarter ounces. The Clark is doing their cleanup and found nearly three ounces in eight hours of work. At The Bluff, the temperature is minus eighteen degrees, but the miners are full of crab and happy to have something for their hard work on this episode of “Bering Sea Gold.”
The first tally in gold is:
- Wild Ranger with 9.25 ounces for $11,100.
- The Clark with 2.8 ounces for $3,360.
- Christine Rose with 1.0 ounce for $1,200.
- Paddy Wagon with 0.5 ounces for $600.
- The Reaper striking out with 0 ounces for $0.