Gold Rush: White Water (2018–…): Season 3, Episode 7 - Nugget Heaven - full transcript

The Dakota Boys are over halfway through their season. In a hunt for bedrock gold Fred and his crew are reminded of the life-threating dangers they face.

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Fred: How's it looking
down there, Paul?

Paul: I think this
little waterfall is done.

If there was anything in it,
we got it.

Narrator: DEEP IN
THE ALASKAN WILDERNESS,

VETERAN MINER FRED HURT
AND HIS CREW

WORK THE RAGING WHITE WATERS
OF CAHOON CREEK

ON THE HUNT FOR GOLD.

I THINK WE FINALLY CLEARED OUT
EVERY LITTLE BIT

OF THIS LITTLE WATERFALL.



IT'S TIME TO MOVE UP,
HIT THAT BIG ONE.

Fred: GOOD JOB, PAUL.

I HAD TO COME UP
BECAUSE THERE'S...

THERE WAS NOTHING MORE FOR ME
TO DREDGE ON THAT BANK UP THERE.

DEFINITELY TIME
TO CHECK THE SLUICE.

Narrator: AFTER A 4-HOUR DIVE,

PAUL RICHARDSON HAS MINED
THE LAST OF THE GRAVEL

FROM FRED'S SECOND DIVE SPOT,
THE MINI WATERFALL.

WELL, I CAN TELL YOU THERE'S
MORE MATERIAL IN THIS BACK BOX.

Paul: OH, WOW.

IT DEFINITELY CAUGHT
LOTS OF MATERIAL.

YEAH.

OH, LOOK RIGHT THERE.

WHAT?
HOLY [BLEEP]



WE'VE GOT GOLD.
WHERE?

THERE, THERE, THERE.

AT LEAST THREE PICKERS
I CAN SEE.

WOW.
AND THERE'S ONE RIGHT UP THERE.

THERE.
VERY NICE.

THAT WATERFALL PROVIDED
JUST A LITTLE BIT, DIDN'T IT?

YEAH, IT DID.
GOOD DIVE, MAN.

GOOD DIVE. [ LAUGHS ]

Fred: THIS IS THE MOST WE'VE
SEEN IN THE SLUICE AT ONE TIME.

THOSE ARE NICE.

YEAH, IT MAKES THE FUTURE
LOOK PRETTY EXCITING.

THAT IS PRETTY.

YEAH.
THAT IS.

THAT IS REALLY PRETTY.

I'M EXCITED TO KEEP
MOVING UPSTREAM

BECAUSE IF WE'VE GOT THIS HERE
IN THE LITTLE WATERFALL,

THERE'S BOUND TO BE
SOME MORE GOLD,

AND IT MIGHT EVEN
BE EVEN BIGGER.

IT'S NOT LOOKING TOO BAD
AT ALL.

YOU KNOW, THIS IS THE KIND
OF THING THAT BRINGS SMILES,

SO I'M HAPPY ABOUT IT.

WHEN YOU SEE THAT GOLD,
YOU GET EXCITED.

YEAH,
IT'S ABOUT THE GOLD.

WHAT KEEPS YOU OUT HERE
IS THE HUNT FOR GOLD, THE HUNT.

Narrator: ON THIS
"GOLD RUSH: WHITE WATER"...

Fred: DUSTIN HAS GOT
HIS TWO DREDGES.

NOW WE GOT OUR TWO DREDGES.
[ LAUGHS ]

LOVE YOU GUYS, MAN.

Carlos: CAN YOU HEAR JAMES
ON THE RADIO?

Dustin: Get him out of there!

AH! AH, AH, AH!

WE'RE ALL LUCKY THAT WE'RE
STANDING HERE RIGHT NOW.

Dustin: Seeing gold
go into your nozzle,

that's something
I've dreamed of for 5 years.

Wes: THAT WAS SITTING ON TOP OF
THE ROCK THAT I JUST PULLED OUT.

THERE'S, LIKE,
NUGGETS EVERYWHERE.

OUR FORTUNE IS WAITING
RIGHT THERE.

IT'S EVERYTHING YOU WANT
IN A GOLD CATCH,

SO WHERE'S THE DAMN GOLD?

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Dustin: THIS IS GONNA BE CRAZY.

WE'RE ONLY HALFWAY
THROUGH THE SEASON RIGHT NOW,

AND THIS HOLE
IS A LOT BIGGER THAN

I THOUGHT IT WAS GONNA BE.

Narrator: IT'S A BIG DAY
AT DUSTIN'S RAINBOW'S END SITE.

AFTER 3 MONTHS OF HARD WORK,
THE CREW HAS HIT HARDPACK,

THE LAST LAYER
OF COMPRESSED DIRT

BETWEEN THE MINERS
AND THE GOLD ON THE BEDROCK.

Dustin: WE'RE GONNA USE
A PRESSURE WASHER.

WE'RE GONNA DIG
STRAIGHT DOWN,

BLAST THROUGH THE HARDPACK,
STRAIGHT DOWN TO THE BEDROCK.

I'LL BE DIVING JUST BENEATH
JAMES, 16 FEET DOWN.

IF ANYTHING COMES DOWN,
IT'S LANDING RIGHT ON ME.

THIS IS SUPER DANGEROUS,

BUT WE NEED TO GET DOWN
TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS THING.

Narrator:
OVER THE LAST 120 YEARS,

THE CREEKS AROUND
THE CHILKAT MOUNTAINS

HAVE PRODUCED MORE THAN
$100 MILLION WORTH OF GOLD.

THE CREWS SUSPECT THEY COULD NOW
BE JUST FEET AWAY

FROM A LIFE-CHANGING BONANZA.

All right.
You're good to go.

How's my lines look?
Everything...

You're looking good, man.
You're looking great.

Oh, you all right?

I'm great.

Narrator:
DUSTIN IS THE FIRST TO DIVE,

DETERMINED TO BREAK
THROUGH THE HARDPACK.

You're clear.

[ Speaks indistinctly ]

Dustin: I can't believe how long
this [bleep] hole is taking.

Let's get going.



All right, James.
Just jump in, man.

I got you.
Let's do this thing.

Find us some gold, amigo.

Narrator: WHILE JAMES DREDGES
THE STEEP SIDES

OF THE PLUNGE POOL,

DUSTIN WILL GO DEEP AND BLAST
HIS WAY THROUGH THE HARDPACK

TO GET TO BEDROCK GOLD.

-James, can you hear me?
-Yeah, I'm right here.

Dustin: All right. So here's
what's gonna happen.

I'm going to use this sprayer
over here.

Okay.

Just stay on your side
and fill the basket, man.

Okay, yeah.

Okay, let me know
when you need that basket up.





This basket is ready.

-All right.
-Going up.



NICE BASKET, GENTLEMAN,
A NICE BASKET.

Hey, dusty. How's it going with
the pressure washer down there?

I'm digging a 3-foot layer
out of the hardpack.

I THINK THAT BEDROCK IS ABOUT
18 FEET, JUST GUESSING,

LOOKING AT THE SLOPE OF THIS,
KIND OF FIGURING THE ANGLES.

I'VE GOT A FEELING IT'S A LOT
DEEPER THAN WE THINK IT IS,

BUT ON THE BOTTOM
IS GONNA BE A BIG PAYDAY.

Dustin: Oh, man, more
of these Green, slick rocks.

It just keeps going up.

Okay, clear.

COPY THAT, COMING UP
ON THE BASKET.

Wes: THE GREEN ROCKS ARE HEAVIER
THAN ALL THE REST OF THE ROCKS,

AND WE'VE ALWAYS FOUND GOOD GOLD
AROUND THESE GREEN ROCKS,

SO WE'RE GETTING CLOSER
TO THE BOTTOM.



Dustin: Oh, no [bleep] way.

I found bedrock in the bottom.

Really?
Yes!

Whoo!

That is the bottom
right here.

James: Holy [bleep]

That is exciting.

What we thought was a big-ass
boulder sitting here,

it is bedrock.

Wow.

Dug a hole straight down.

There's huge cracks
that go way down.

There's everything you want
in a gold-catching bedrock.

It's the perfect hiding spot.

Oh, this just made your day,
didn't it, getting down to this?

Yeah, dude.

This is pretty incredible
right here where we're at.

James, I'm gonna change up
a few things.

All right?
Okay.

You see that hole
on your right?

Yeah.

I want you to clean off
as much of it as you can.

Okay.

Watch your feet because
I'm right below you.

All right?
Okay.

If any rock comes down,
it's gonna land right on me.

Narrator: AFTER MONTHS
OF DIGGING,

DUSTIN AND JAMES

ARE FINALLY DREDGING
THE BOTTOM OF THE PLUNGE POOL,

THE SETTLING POINT,
FOR HEAVY NUGGETS OF GOLD.

Wes: I HAVEN'T SEEN
ANY DARK MATERIAL

COME OUT TODAY LIKE THIS,

SO THAT'S A GOOD SIGN.

Dustin: Oh,
look at all these anomalies.

You know, I've never been on
a bottom when it felt like this.

Oh, every time
I get down somewhere

and it's disappointing
as hell.

Right now, it doesn't
feel that way.

Right now, it feels like this
[bleep] is made to catch gold.

DUSTIN IS LIKING THE WAY
THE BOTTOM LOOKS.

HE'S FELT PART OF THE BEDROCK
AND WHAT HE'S LIKING IS

IT'S NOT SMOOTH,
IT'S GOT ALL THESE ANOMALIES

AND ALL KINDS OF STUFF
THAT'LL CATCH THE GOLD.

Dustin: This is [bleep] cool.

It's just so much fun.

HOW ARE YOU DOING,
JAMES?

JAMES, YOU STILL THERE?

JAMES? JAMES?

JAMES?

HEY, ANYBODY HEAR JAMES
ON THE RADIO?

JAMES?
NO, I CAN'T HEAR HIM.

CAN YOU HEAR HIM?
NO.

James?
James, you okay?

[ SPEAKS INDISTINCTLY ]

CAN YOU HEAR JAMES?

Dustin:
Get him out of there!

Bring him out!



I CAN'T HEAR YOU,
LOST YOU.

[BLEEP]
EVERYBODY JUST LOOKS AT ME LIKE

I'VE GOT TWO HEADS, MAN.

James' plug,
did you step on it?

What's going on?

Okay, I got you now.

Now I can hear him.

You stepped on it.

You guys go ahead
and take care of him

And I'll come out
after he's done.

GOOD JOB, JAMES.

I want to see
what's in the sluice box.

Yeah, copy that.

Narrator: AFTER SEVERAL HOURS
OF DREDGING THE BEDROCK,

DUSTIN CALLS TIME TO SEE

IF THE PLUNGE POOL
HAS FINALLY PAID OUT.

What a fun day, man.

Awesome.

Ah, it was fun.

AH, IT WAS A HELL OF A DAY.

WHAT THE HELL, MAN?

BEDROCK, MAN!

THAT'S FREAKING AWESOME.

[ LAUGHS ]

OH, THAT WAS FUN.

I FOUND THE BOTTOM
OF THIS THING.

IT'S JUST EXCITING.

WE'VE BEEN WORKING
OUR ASSES OFF

TO GET TO THE BOTTOM,

AND THIS IS THE BOTTOM.

Dustin: SWEET.

IT'S PRETTY CRAZY
WHAT'S DOWN THERE.

SO YOU'VE GOT A HOLE
IN A HOLE NOW OR WHAT?

Dustin: DO YOU REMEMBER
WHAT WE HAD?

YEAH.

9 FEET ACROSS, IT'S NOW...
I JUST SHOT STRAIGHT DOWN.

HOLY [BLEEP]
THAT'S AWESOME.

WELL.

NAH. WE'RE STILL NOT
TO THE DEEP AREA.

YOU'RE TELLING ME
THERE'S NO GOLD IN THE BEDROCK?

THAT'S WHAT I'M SAYING, MAN.

IT'S EMPTY.

I DON'T WANT TO HEAR
THIS [BLEEP]

I DON'T WANT TO HEAR IT.

THAT BEDROCK IS PERFECT.

I DON'T KNOW
HOW THAT'S POSSIBLE.

I DON'T KNOW.

IT'S EVERYTHING YOU WANT
IN A GOLD CATCH.

Wes: YEAH.

SO WHERE'S THE DAMN GOLD?

THAT'S PRETTY WEIRD,
DUDE.

THIS IS BULL[BLEEP]

Narrator: DUSTIN HAS GAMBLED
HIS WHOLE SUMMER

DIGGING
THE SINGLE PLUNGE POOL.

STRIKING OUT ON BEDROCK
IS A DISASTER.

I JUST CLEANED OFF THE BEST
SECTION OF BEDROCK

I'VE EVER CLEANED OFF
AT THE BOTTOM OF A WATERFALL,

AND I CAME UP
WITH NO GOLD.

THERE WAS GOLD
ALL THE WAY DOWN,

NOW THERE'S NOTHING.

THAT DOESN'T MAKE
ANY SENSE TO ME.

THERE'S NO WAY
THERE'S NO [BLEEP]

GOLD DOWN THERE.

THERE HAS TO BE GOLD.





HEY, Y'ALL, COME ON UP HERE
FOR A MINUTE.

Narrator: AT TWO FISH,

UNLIKE DUSTIN'S PLAN
TO MINE A SINGLE WATERFALL,

FRED IS DETERMINED TO DREDGE
EVERY GOLD CATCH

IN A 150-FOOT
STRETCH OF CREEK.

THE MINI WATERFALL
NOW CLEANED OUT,

THE CREW MUST DECIDE
THEIR NEXT MOVE.

I THINK WE JUST JUMP
RIGHT UP AHEAD

AND JUST KEEP MOVING AHEAD.
I DON'T KNOW, FRED.

I THINK WE JUST NEED TO GO
STRAIGHT FOR THAT BIG WATERFALL.

WE ARE LIMITED ON TIME
AND WE CAN GET RIGHT IN THERE.

WE'VE GOT A LITTLE BIT
OF TIME.

I KNOW EVERYBODY IS EAGER TO
JUMP UP IN THAT BIG WATERFALL.

I WANT TO KNOW WHAT'S IN THAT
LITTLE AREA

BETWEEN HERE
AND THAT WATERFALL.

WE'VE GOT A LOT OF GOLD-CATCHING
AREAS IN THERE, NATURAL RIPPLES.

I'D SAY JUST KEEP PROGRESSING
JUST LIKE WHAT WE'VE BEEN DOING.

LET'S FIND OUT WHAT'S IN HERE
AND ELIMINATE THE POSSIBILITY

THAT WE HAD SKIPPED
OVER A BUNCH OF GOLD.

ALL RIGHT.
LET'S GO AHEAD AND GET TO WORK.

ALL RIGHT.

Narrator: BEFORE HITTING
THE BIG WATERFALL,

THE CREW MUST WORK A 50-FOOT
STRETCH OF SHALLOW CREVICES

WHICH FRED BELIEVES
COULD BE THE PERFECT

HIDING PLACE
FOR RICH DEPOSITS OF GOLD.

BEFORE I GO JUST HOPPING ON
TO THE BIG WATERFALL,

WE MAY LEAVE SOMETHING
IMPORTANT BEHIND.

YOU NEVER KNOW
WHAT YOU COME ACROSS.

TIME, RIGHT NOW,
IS WORKING AGAINST US.

FRED HAS GOT IT WRONG.

PERSONALLY, I THINK WE SHOULD
GO FOR THE WATERFALL.

Narrator: TOO SHALLOW
TO FLOAT THE DREDGE

IN THE ROCKY CREVICES,
FRED'S PLAN,

EXTEND THE 30-FOOT HOSE
FROM ITS CURRENT POSITION.

OH, THAT'S NOT GONNA REACH.
IT'S NOT GONNA REACH.

WE NEED ABOUT 8 MORE FEET
AND THAT DOESN'T HAVE IT.

WHAT THE HELL
ARE WE GONNA DO HERE?

I WOULD LIKE TO KIND OF
INVESTIGATE THIS AREA

A LITTLE BIT HERE.

WELL, I'VE GOT THAT LITTLE
2-INCH DREDGE DOWN IN PORCUPINE.

YEAH, THAT THING
WILL FLOAT THERE.

IF NOT,
WE'LL GO UNDERWATER.

WE WON'T HAVE ANY PROBLEM
WITH THAT.

I THINK THAT WOULD BE PERFECT
FOR THAT.

Narrator: SO FAR, FRED'S CREW
HAS MINED 100 FEET OF CREEK

LEADING UP
TO THE MINI WATERFALL.

ALL THAT REMAINS BETWEEN THEM
AND THE BIG WATERFALL,

A NARROW 50-FOOT STRETCH
OF ROCKY CREVICES.

PAUL'S NEW 2-INCH DREDGE
COULD BE THE PERFECT TOOL

TO CLEAN
THESE NATURAL GOLD CATCHES.

Paul: WE FOUND SOME NICE,
CHUNKY GOLD.

SO SOMEWHERE AROUND HERE,
IT'S GOING TO BE REALLY GOOD.

HOPEFULLY THIS IS THE KEY
TO FINDING THAT RIGHT SPOT.

Narrator: A FEW HOURS LATER,
PAUL RETURNS

WITH THE MINI DREDGE.

PAUL, WHENEVER YOU GET READY,
GIVE ME A HOLLER ON THE RADIO.

COPY THAT.

WITH THIS TERRAIN HERE
THAT YOU CAN'T MOVE THE BIG ONE

WHERE YOU WANT TO GO,

THAT LITTLE DREDGE
MIGHT HAVE SOME BENEFITS.

SO WE'RE GONNA GIVE IT A TRY.

ALL RIGHT. I'M SENDING
THE LITTLE DREDGE DOWN.

COPY THAT.
WE'RE READY.

IT'S COMING.

THERE SHE COMES.

YEE-HOO, GOT IT.

GOT IT, GOT IT, GOT IT!

SUCCESS.

HEY, HEY.

[ LAUGHS ]
THAT'S A PRETTY GOOD SIZE

LITTLE PIECE OF EQUIPMENT
TO BRING DOWN HERE.

THIS JUST MIGHT HELP US OUT
IN FINDING NEW AREAS HERE.

MIGHT HAVE TO DO SOME
OLD-FASHIONED PROSPECTING.

COOL LITTLE DREDGE, MAN, DOESN'T
WEIGH MUCH AT ALL EITHER.

COOL LITTLE THING, HUH?
YEAH.

Narrator: THE MINI DREDGE TAKES
JUST MINUTES TO SET UP.

LET'S FIND SOME GOLD.

THE DREDGE, THE LITTLE
TWO-INCH DREDGE,

CAN DREDGE IN WATER
ABOUT THAT DEEP.

Narrator: PAUL SUBMERGES
THE INTAKE HOSE,

WHICH CREATES A VACUUM
IN THE SUCTION HOSE.

-WHOO!
-TOWARDS THE EDGES.

Paul: ALL RIGHT.
LET'S SEE WHAT HAPPENS.

KAYLA USES THE SUCTION HOSE
TO PULL GRAVEL

FROM THE ROCKY CREVICES.

Kayla: I KNEW I HAD SOME
EXPERIENCE COMING IN,

BUT I DIDN'T KNOW VACUUMING
WOULD BE ONE OF THEM.

Narrator: WHILE RYAN TENDS
THE DREDGE

AND WATCHES OVER
THE SLUICE BOX.

HOWS IT GOING BACK THERE?

GOING GREAT, SLUICE BOX
LOOKS LIKE IT'S RUNNING WELL.

HOPEFULLY WE'LL SEE
A LITTLE COLOR IN THE BOX.

Fred: IF THERE'S ANY GOLD
IN HERE

AND THEY CAN FIND
SOME LITTLE SPOTS LIKE THIS

TO SUCK UP,
THAT'LL WORK.

Paul: THERE MIGHT BE A WHOLE LOT
OF GOLD IN SOME OF THESE PLACES.

IT'S DEFINITELY DIFFERENT GOING
FROM A 6-INCH DOWN TO A 2-INCH.

NO SUCTION.

NO SUCTION?

Fred: IT QUIT PUMPING,
BY THE WAY.

HOLD UP.

SOMEHOW WE GOT
A LITTLE PLUG UP.

I DON'T THINK WE'RE GETTING
THE WATER PRESSURE

WE SHOULD BE GETTING.

YOU KNOW, WE MIGHT HAVE
SUCKED UP SOME ROCKS

IN THE IMPELLER
A MINUTE AGO.

IT'S PROBABLY CLOGGED UP
UP HERE.

THAT'S THE ONLY THING
I CAN THINK.

Narrator: PAUL'S 2-INCH
PROSPECTING DREDGE

IS A SCALED-DOWN VERSION
OF THEIR 6-INCH DREDGE

AND WORKS
BY THE SAME METHOD.

THE PUMP IMPELLER SUCKS WATER
INTO THE INTAKE HOSE

AND SENDS IT
INTO THE SUCTION HOSE,

CREATING A VACUUM, WHICH PULLS
WATER AND GOLD-RICH GRAVEL

UP INTO THE SLUICE BOX.

YEAH, THERE'S ALL KINDS OF ROCKS
IN THAT IMPELLER.

OKAY, THAT WILL DO IT.

WE HAVE DISCOVERED WHAT
THE PROBLEM WITH THE DREDGE IS.

WE SUCKED UP A ROCK
INTO THE INTAKE,

AND IT WASN'T DELIVERING
ENOUGH WATER TO DO ANY GOOD,

AND WE WENT AHEAD
AND PULLED THE ROCKS ALL OUT,

AND WE'RE GONNA MAKE A LITTLE
PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE

TO KEEP THE ROCKS
OUT OF THE INTAKE.

HOPEFULLY BY PUTTING
THIS BUCKET HERE,

SETTING A BIG ROCK
ON TOP OF IT,

IT SHOULDN'T ALLOW
THE SUCTION HOSE

TO GET DOWN
IN THE SMALL GRAVEL

AND SUCK IT UP
LIKE IT DID LAST TIME.

AS LONG AS WE'VE GOT WATER
FLOWING INTO IT,

WE SHOULD BE FINE.

Narrator: PAUL'S ON-THE-FLY
REPAIRS HAS THE TEAM UP

AND RUNNING AGAIN,
DREDGING FOR GOLD.

THE SLUICE BOX
HAS GOT ABOUT

THREE TIMES MORE WATER
COMING OUT IN IT.

SO I SEE SOME GRAVEL
ROLLING THROUGH NOW.

Fred: ALL RIGHT.
KEEP DREDGING.

THIS IS LIKE USING A TOY.

IT'S ABOUT
THE SMALLEST THING

I'VE EVER USED
FOR SUCKING UP ANYTHING.

IT'S WORKING GREAT,
THOUGH.

WE GOT A LITTLE BUCKET,
PUT THE SUCTION DOWN IN IT,

WEIGHTED IT DOWN.

WORKING PERFECT.

ALL SYSTEMS GO.

SO WE JUST GO AHEAD
AND JUST KEEP PROSPECTING,

GET OUR AREAS
THAT WE WANT TO INVESTIGATE.

THE HUNT IS STILL ON.

DUSTIN HAS GOT
HIS TWO DREDGES.

NOW WE GOT OUR TWO DREDGES.

[ LAUGHS ]



WE HIT BEDROCK YESTERDAY.

RATHER,
I HIT BEDROCK YESTERDAY.

James: IT TOOK ALL OF US.
YOU WERE RIGHT THE FIRST TIME.

YOU'RE RIGHT.
YOU'RE RIGHT.

WE HIT BEDROCK YESTERDAY.

IT'S PROBABLY THE BEST DAY
OF DREDGING I'VE EVER HAD.

I THOUGHT FOR SURE,
THERE WOULD BE A TON OF GOLD,

AND I DIDN'T SEE ANY.

IF YOU WERE MAKING SOMETHING
TO CATCH GOLD,

IT WOULD LOOK JUST LIKE
WHAT I UNCOVERED,

AND THERE WAS NOTHING IN IT.

IT'S FREAKING US ALL OUT
A LITTLE BIT.

NOBODY WANTS TO GO
TO WORK TODAY.

WE STILL HAVE HALF
OF THE WATERFALL

TO CLEAN OUT ON THE BOTTOM,
BUT I DON'T KNOW.

THAT'S A LOT OF DAMN WORK
FOR NOTHING.

THERE BETTER BE SOME GOLD
ON ONE SIDE.

Narrator: AFTER 3 MONTHS
OF DIGGING AT RAINBOW'S END,

DUSTIN'S FAILURE
TO FIND GOLD ON THE BEDROCK

HAS THROWN HIS WHOLE
OPERATION INTO DOUBT.

GOLD HAS GOT TO BE THERE, MAN.
IT'S A HUGE FREAKING HOLE.

WE WAS FINDING IT
IN THE BEGINNING.

IT'S A HUGE HOLE.

THERE'S JUST A LOT OF
HIDING SPACES FOR THAT GOLD.

THE BOTTOM OF THAT COULD BE
20-FOOT AROUND...

SURE. ABSOLUTELY.
...IN DIAMETER.

AND ALL OF YOUR GOLD CAN BE
IN THE SIZE OF A JAR

SITTING IN
ONE LITTLE POCKET.

UNTIL WE FIND THE VERY
DEEPEST AREA OF THAT HOLE,

WE'RE NOT GONNA FIND
THE BIG POCKET OF GOLD.

SO WITH THAT IN MIND,

WE'RE GONNA GO GET
THE GOLD, MAN.



I'M GOING DOWN TODAY.

Narrator: YESTERDAY, DUSTIN
AND JAMES FINALLY HIT BEDROCK,

BUT AFTER SEVERAL HOURS
DREDGING, CAME UP EMPTY HANDED.

BEFORE THEY CAN CONTINUE
THE HUNT FOR GOLD,

SEASONED DIVER
CARLOS MINOR HAS WORK TO DO.

Carlos:
I'VE GOT TO MAKE THINGS SAFE.

IT LOOKED LIKE THEY
WERE FREAKING

DIGGING A HOLE WITHIN A HOLE.

YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS?

I CAN ONLY IMAGINE
WHAT THAT MEANS.

A HOLE WITHIN A HOLE,

THAT'S POTENTIAL TO FILL IN
IF A DIVER IS IN THERE

SO I HAVE TO MAKE SURE
THAT HOLE IS NON-DANGEROUS.

Narrator: ON HIS LAST DIVE,

DUSTIN BLASTED STRAIGHT DOWN
THROUGH HARDPACK

TO EXPOSE THE BEDROCK.

THIS CREATED A HOLE
WITHIN A HOLE

WITH DANGEROUS
OVERHANGING BOULDERS.

CARLOS MUST REMOVE THESE
WIDOW-MAKERS

BEFORE HE AND JAMES
CAN SAFELY GET BACK TO DREDGING

FOR THE POCKET OF GOLD
ON THE BEDROCK.

EVERYBODY WANTS TO BE
IN THE HOLE DOWN THERE

BECAUSE IT'S EXCITING AND FUN,
AND THEY'RE LOOKING FOR GOLD.

IT'S CARLOS AND JAMES' TIME
TO GO DOWN.

I WOULDN'T BE SURPRISED IF THEY

DIDN'T FINISH
THIS DAMN HOLE TODAY.

THERE SHOULD BE POUNDS
AND POUNDS AND POUNDS OF GOLD.

IF THERE'S NOT, A BIG CHECK MARK
ON THE [BLEEP] FAILURE BOX.



Hole within a hole, man.

Ugh, I've never even heard
of such a thing.

Yeah, well, you knew
what I was gonna do.

Carlos: Yeah, I know.

It just sounds scary, dude,
a hole within a hole.

What the hell
does that mean?

Well,
it means I got impatient.

That's exactly
what that means.

We've been here too long,
man.

I'm just saying.

Be safe down there, man.

How's your mask feel?

Good, it feels good.

Let's see what you've got.

All right.
Okay.

All right.
Thank you.



WE HAD THIS BIG,
GIGANTIC DEEP HOLE,

AND I JUST TUNNELED ONE
STRAIGHT DOWN TO THE BOTTOM

BECAUSE I GOT IMPATIENT.

CARLOS AND I BUILT
THIS RELATIONSHIP.

I GO DOWN
AND I MAKE IT DANGEROUS,

AND HE COMES BEHIND ME
AND MAKES IT SAFE.

IT'S A GOOD BALANCE.

IF YOU'RE AT THE BOTTOM
OF THAT HOLE

AND ANYTHING FALLS
FROM ANY SIDE,

IT'S GONNA LAND ON YOU,
NO MATTER WHAT,

AND THERE'S
SOME BIG DAMN ROCKS

WAITING ON THE TOP EDGE
TO COME AND CRUSH YOU.

SO CARLOS IS GONNA GO AND GET
MOST OF THOSE BIG ROCKS

AND PULL THEM BEFORE
THEY START DIVING TODAY.

YESTERDAY, WHAT JAMES AND I
WERE DOING WAS DANGEROUS.

WE KNEW IT.
I KNEW IT.

I JUST...

CHASING THE GOLD,
MOBY-DICK.

-How is it down there, man?
-All right, man.

Carlos: Everything is pretty
much good to go.

Dustin: We're about to send
James down there.

CAN'T WAIT TO GET IN THERE
WITH CARLOS TODAY

AND WORK ALONGSIDE WITH HIM
DOWN THERE ON THE BEDROCK

AND SEE WHAT WE CAN DISCOVER.

READY FOR THIS?

READY.

Ready to rock and roll
in here, man?

Yes, sir.

Have a good, safe dive.

Yeah?

We got a super claw
inbound.

Narrator: CARLOS NEEDS
WES' SUPER CLAW

TO REMOVE A MASSIVE BOULDER
FROM THE BEDROCK.

Is that you want,
against the wall?

Copy that.

Wes: WE'VE GOT OUR SUPER CLAW
GOING TODAY.

ANYTHING THAT CAN HELP US GET
THESE ROCKS OUT FASTER IS GREAT.

CAME UP WITH THIS SUPER CLAW,

AND SO FAR, IT'S BEEN WORKING
EXACTLY THE WAY WE WANT IT TO.



James: Clear, clear.



-Claw is up.
-All right.

I can't believe I can see.
Carlos: What's up, dude?

I said I can't believe
how well I can see.

This is good, man.

Right now I'm seeing gold.

I'm seeing gold.

That's what I like to hear,
man!

Narrator: REMOVING THE BOULDER
HAS REVEALED

THE GOLD POCKET
THEY'VE BEEN SEARCHING FOR.

Dustin: So you're seeing gold?

Where are you digging
exactly?

Carlos: It's on the bedrock,
right on the bedrock.

That sounds amazing,
man.

So we're finding gold?

Oh, find some more, man.

IF HE'S SEEING PICKERS, THAT'S
A REALLY, REALLY GOOD SIGN.

Oh, my God.
You're getting it, man.

IT'S BEEN
A LONG TIME COMING.

AH, IT'S KILLING ME
THAT JAMES IS DOWN THERE,

AND I'M NOT RIGHT NOW.

AH!

Carlos: Guys, this is amazing.

Dustin: I can't believe it.

AH!

WHOO!

FINDING GOLD,
THAT IS EXCITING.

WHOO-HOO!

NOW I NEED TO KNOW HOW MUCH.

GET IT!



Paul: YEAH, WE'VE GOT
THIS LITTLE BIT OF A ROCK

THAT'S STICKING UP A LITTLE.
THERE'S A POCKET BEHIND IT,

SO THERE'S A PLACE
THAT GOLD COULD GET TRAPPED.

Narrator: AT TWO FISH,

FRED'S CREW IS DREDGING
A SMALL GOLD CATCH

ON THE SIDE OF THE CREEK.

Paul: YEAH, THE SMALL DREDGE
WORKS JUST LIKE THE BIG DREDGE.

IT'S JUST YOU CAN'T MOVE
AS MUCH MATERIAL AS QUICKLY.

BUT IF THERE'S GOLD HERE,
IT'LL CATCH IT.

Fred: THIS IS THE FIRST TIME

I'VE EVER USED ANY DREDGE
LIKE THAT.

YEAH, THERE'S A NICE LITTLE
POCKET RIGHT THERE, SO...

GOD, I'D HATE TO PASS
THIS AREA UP

WITHOUT REALLY CHECKING
IT OUT REALLY GOOD.

YEAH.

KAYLA,
DO YOU WANT SOME GLOVES?

NO, I'M FINE.
ALL RIGHT.

AH, ROCKS!

-WHOA!
-ROCKS!

[BLEEP]
ROCKS, ROCKS, ROCKS, ROCKS!

LOOK OUT.

OH, WHOA, WHOA, WHOA.



GOD, I'D HATE TO
PASS THIS AREA UP

WITHOUT
REALLY CHECKING IT OUT.

Narrator: AT TWO FISH,

FRED'S CREW
IS DREDGING A GOLD TRAP.

Fred:
AH, ROCKS, ROCKS, ROCKS.

[BLEEP]
ROCKS, ROCKS, ROCKS!

GET OUT.

[BLEEP] HOLY CRAP.

TURN THAT THING OFF.

TURN THAT THING OFF.

TURNED OFF.

-WE ARE NOT IN A GOOD SPOT.
-WHOA, WHOA.

WHAT IN THE HELL
IS THAT ALL ABOUT?

BACK UP AWAY
FROM THIS THING.

Kayla:
THAT WAS REALLY SCARY.

NO,
THEY'RE STILL COMING DOWN.

WHAT THE HELL?

DID WE HAVE A TREMOR
OR SOMETHING?

I DON'T LIKE THAT AT ALL.

I SEE SOME HANGERS UP THERE
THAT LOOK BAD.

Narrator: ALASKA HAS OVER
30,000 EARTHQUAKES A YEAR.

EVEN A MINOR TREMOR COULD TURN
THE SHATTERED

OVERHANGING CLIFF FACE
INTO A KILL ZONE.

Fred: WHAT THE HELL WE GONNA DO
ABOUT THAT?

I MEAN, WE WANT TO STILL
DREDGE IN HERE.

WELL, THE ONLY THING TO DO
IS JUST TO REPEL DOWN

AND SEE IF WE CAN KNOCK
SOME OF THEM LOOSE.

IF YOU FEEL LIKE YOU WANT
TO DO IT, IT'S UP TO YOU.

I THINK IT WOULD BE SAFER
IF WE DID DO THAT.

THAT'S JUST...
IT'S SAVING SOMEBODY'S LIFE

BECAUSE THAT'S ONE LESS ROCK
THAT'S GONNA HIT SOMEBODY.

LOOK, I'M JUST GLAD
EVERYBODY IS OKAY.

GEEZ.

THAT'S THAT 800-POUND GORILLA
THAT WE DON'T TALK ABOUT.

THAT WAS REALLY CLOSE, LANDED
WITHIN FEET OF PAUL AND KAYLA.

WE WERE WORKING RIGHT
STRAIGHT-UP

UNDERNEATH TWO WALLS
LIKE THAT.

SOMETIMES YOU'RE GONNA
GET A LITTLE TREMOR

OR SOMETHING,
A LITTLE EARTHQUAKE.

SMALL ONES HERE, YOU DON'T
EVEN HARDLY NOTICE THEM

BUT ROCKS NOTICE IT

AND IF THEY'RE TEETERING
OFF-BALANCE, THEY FALL.

JUST GLAD THAT NOBODY GOT HURT.



THIS WOULD BE A GOOD PLACE
TO ANCHOR A ROPE,

CLIMB DOWN THE SIDE
OF THE HILL,

KNOCK SOME OF THESE
LOOSE ROCKS OUT,

MAKE IT SAFER FOR US TO GET BACK
AND FINISH DREDGING.

LAST THING WE WANT TO DO
IS GET ANYBODY HURT OR KILLED.

WHAT YOU DON'T EVER THINK ABOUT
IS THE ONES THAT ARE ON TOP

OF THE HILL THAT COULD COME DOWN
ANYTIME, THE SILENT KILLERS,

BECAUSE THEY COME DOWN
AND YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW IT.



WOW, LOOK AT THE STUFF
COMING DOWN.

Kayla: THIS IS A DANGEROUS
SITUATION ALL AROUND.

THE SHELL ROCKS MAKES IT
VERY DANGEROUS FOR PAUL.

HE COULD SLIP, FALL, AND DIE.

Fred: THERE'S A LOT MORE
LOOSE MATERIAL

UP THERE THAN I THOUGHT.

WHOA.



HOW'S IT LOOKING UP THERE?
Paul: NOT GOOD.

THIS WHOLE THING
IS JUST SHATTERED.

MAKE IT SAFE ENOUGH
TO WORK DOWN HERE.

ALL RIGHT.

ONE LITTLE ROCK,
IT WOULDN'T JUST RUIN YOUR DAY,

IT COULD RUIN YOUR LIFE.

WHOA.



I THINK THAT'S IT.
THAT SHOULD BE GOOD.

ALL RIGHT.

I'M COMING DOWN.

WELL DONE, PAUL.
GOOD JOB, BUDDY.

YAY, ME.



WELL, WHAT DO YOU THINK?

IF YOU THINK IT'S OKAY
FOR AWHILE...

WE'RE ALL LUCKY THAT WE'RE
STANDING HERE RIGHT NOW.

YEAH.
THERE COULD HAVE BEEN A ROCK

WITH ONE OF OUR NAMES
ON IT, YOU KNOW?

YES.
STRAIGHT AWAY.

AFTER SEEING IT FIRSTHAND
WHAT IT'S LIKE UP THERE,

I DIDN'T EXPECT IT
TO BE THAT SHATTERED,

AND WE WERE UNDERNEATH THAT.
YEAH.

I THINK I GOT RID OF SOME OF
THE IMMEDIATE DANGER.

ANOTHER GOOD RAINSTORM
OR EARTHQUAKE AND THAT'S...

IT'S ALL COMING DOWN.

I'D STILL LIKE
TO MINE THIS.

WELL, FRED, I MEAN, HE KEEPS
SAYING BAD, BAD, BAD.

THERE'S NO AMOUNT OF GOLD
THAT WE'RE GONNA

GET OUT OF THAT LITTLE LOCATION
THAT'S WORTH RISKING OUR LIVES.

CAN'T WE JUST MOVE
TO THE OTHER SIDE AND --

THERE'S MORE MATERIAL
ON THE OTHER SIDE, ANYWAY.

HE'S GOT A POINT.
I'D SURE FEEL...

I WOULD FEEL BETTER
IF WE DID THAT.

...A LOT BETTER
IF WE GOT TO...

AFTER BEING UP TOP
AND SEEING WHAT'S UP THERE.

WELL, ALL RIGHT.

LET'S MOVE THE DREDGE
OVER ON THE OTHER SIDE.

SOUNDS GOOD.

Narrator: TO KEEP THE CREW SAFE,
FRED MAKES THE CALL

TO MOVE
TO THE FAR SIDE OF THE CREEK.

DO YOU WANT TO FLOAT
THE DREDGE RIGHT HERE

AND JUST RUN THE HOSE
OVER THERE OR...

YEAH,
THAT OUGHT TO WORK.

IT'LL BE FAR ENOUGH OUT
OF THE... AWAY FROM THIS WALL.



KAYLA, DO YOU WANT
TO HELP DREDGE?

OKAY.

LET'S MOVE AWAY
FROM THIS.

WHY DON'T Y'ALL MOVE
OVER THERE?

I'M GOING TO STAY
RIGHT HERE.

OF COURSE, MY SOLO DEBUT
WITH DREDGING IS GONNA BE

ON THIS 2-INCH DREDGE,
THE BABY DREDGE.

AH, IT'S NOT THE SIZE OF THE
DREDGE, IT'S HOW YOU USE IT.

AH, NO, THE SIZE MATTERS.
OH.

[ LAUGHS ]

IT'S A LOT LIKE VACUUMING
THE FLOOR EXCEPT YOU'RE JUST...

IT'S UNDERWATER.

JUST PUT THE NOZZLE WHERE YOU
WANT TO SUCK A ROCK UP,

AND IT SUCKS IT UP.

LET ME SHOW YOU
HOW TO RUN THIS NOZZLE.

[ LAUGHS ]

AS LONG AS YOU'VE GOT IT
DOWN THERE,

IT'S BRINGING UP
ALL THE ROCKS,

YOU'RE BRINGING UP
THE GOLD WITH IT.

THE NEXT THING YOU DO,
WE'LL GET YOU SUITED UP,

GET YOU TO DIVE IN
AND THEN YOU'LL KNOW

HOW TO WORK THE 6 INCH.

THERE'S A LOT MORE MATERIAL
ON THIS SIDE.

WE PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE BEEN
OVER HERE FIRST.

I REALLY DON'T KNOW
WHY WE STARTED OVER THERE.





HEY, I DON'T FEEL COMFORTABLE
WORKING HERE ANYMORE.

I FIND MYSELF LOOKING UP HERE
ALL THE TIME RIGHT NOW.

COPY THAT.

IF THERE'S ANYTHING LOOSE UP
THERE, IT'S A SERIOUS HAZARD.

LET'S DO SOMETHING ELSE.

THAT'S DANGER WAITING
TO HAPPEN.

YEAH, IT'S JUST WORTH MESSING
AROUND OVER THERE ANYMORE.

Fred: I WAS LOOKING UP
EVERY COUPLE OF MINUTES.

IT'S GOT ME WORRIED.

IT'S JUST NOT WORTH IT.

NO, I AGREE.

JUST TAKE A LOOK
AT THE SLUICE BOX.

I DON'T CARE WHAT THE DAMN GOLD
IS IN THERE.

IT'LL HAVE TO BE A [BLEEP]
PILE OF GOLD FOR ME

TO CHANGE MY MIND ABOUT
MOVING AWAY FROM THIS AREA.

IT IS NEVER, NEVER WORTH
SOMEBODY GETTING HURT OVER.

Kayla: OH, LOOK AT THAT.

Man: OH, DAMN.
I SEE SOME GOLD IN THERE.

THAT'S GOLD, AND THERE'S A FEW
NICE LITTLE PIECES AS WELL.

IF WE CAN GET THIS HERE,

WHAT CAN WE GET OUT
OF THE BIG WATERFALL?

Paul: THERE'S GOT TO BE BIG
NUGGETS IF WE'RE GETTING

ALL THESE SMALL
PICKERS OUT OF THERE.

I'M READY
TO HIT THAT WATERFALL.

LET'S DO IT.

Narrator: THE TREACHEROUS
CONDITIONS OF THE NARROW CREEK

FORCES FRED'S HAND.

NOW THEY'LL MOVE UP
TO THE BIG WATERFALL,

THEIR BEST CHANCE
OF A MONSTER PAYDAY.

OUR FORTUNE IS WAITING
RIGHT THERE.



Man:
CONCENTRATE, CONCENTRATE!

Narrator: WHILE CARLOS AND JAMES
DREDGE BEDROCK GOLD,

DUSTIN WORKS
ON A ROCK SCULPTURE.

NICE ROCK, NICE ROCK.

THAT'LL WORK.

YOU'RE GONNA HIT IT!

YOU'RE GONNA
HIT IT!

Wes:
IT'S CALLED BASKET BOWLING.



You guys ready?

Narrator: AFTER MONTHS
OF BACKBREAKING LABOR,

DUSTIN'S CREW ARE CLEARING
THE LAST OF THE ROCKS

AT THE BOTTOM
OF THE PLUNGE POOL

AND FINALLY DOWN
TO BEDROCK GOLD.

Wes: Clear, clear.

Coming up.

Claw is up.

Carlos: All right.

That's a pretty rock.

Fits in there perfectly.

Yep.
It will, it will.

Big-ass rock.

HOLY [BLEEP]
CHECK THIS OUT!

THERE'S PICKERS
ON TOP OF THIS [BLEEP] ROCK!

SO CARLOS JUST SENT ME
UP A ROCK,

AND I HAD THESE TWO PIECES
OF GOLD ON TOP OF IT.

THAT WAS SITTING ON TOP
OF THE ROCK

THAT I JUST PULLED OUT
ON OUR SUPER CLAW.

WHAT IS THE CHANCE OF THAT?

THAT IS EXCITING.

TWO OF THEM.

TWO OF THEM.

WHOO!

OH, COME ON.

[ LAUGHS ]

HELL YEAH!

THAT'S WHAT
IT'S ALL ABOUT.

THOSE ARE ALMOST NUGGETS,
MAN.

I THINK THERE'S GONNA BE
A LOT MORE GOLD COME OUT TODAY.

WE JUST PICKED UP A BIG ROCK,
AND THERE WAS GOLD ON TOP.

WE'RE TALKING ABOUT GOLD
GOING IN CONSTANTLY.

THEY HAVE GOT TO BE IN IT.

THIS IS INSANE.

WHAT THEY'RE DOING RIGHT NOW

IS WHAT I'VE DREAMED
ABOUT DOING EVERY DAY

I'VE BEEN OUT HERE.

James: Oh, my God.
That's a nice piece.

Carlos: Holy [bleep]

That's freaking beautiful!

Are you kidding me?

No, that's a picker,
dude.

Get out of here.

There's gold everywhere.

AND YOU GUYS CAN SEE?

There's pickers everywhere.

Good job, James.

WE'RE FINDING GOLD.
THEY'RE IN A SWEET SPOT,

AND HOPEFULLY IT JUST
GETS BETTER FROM HERE.

Dude, this is
an exciting day, man.

Luck starts turning around
right here.

THEY'RE HITTING IT
BIG RIGHT NOW.

YOU CAN HEAR THEM.

HE'S SEEING GOLD EVERY TIME
HE GOES IN.

KILLING ME BEING UP HERE,
JUST WATCHING IT.

What you're doing down there,
seeing gold go into your nozzle,

that's something
I've dreamed of for 5 years,

and now you're doing it.

You just don't know how lucky
you are

I haven't jumped in my suit
and pulled you out of there.

So enjoy the hell
out of it.

Find me some gold, man.

There's gold everywhere.

It's beautiful, man.

Heads up, guys.

It's very exciting,
seeing the God dang --

when you're mining gold.

Hell yeah.



Come on up.

Check the box.



GOOD JOB TODAY.

YEAH.
WHAT AN EXCITING DAY.

THAT'S A HELL OF A DIVE
YOU GOT THERE, MAN.

I'VE GOT TO SEE THAT
[BLEEP] DUDE.

-YEAH.
-PICKERS ON THE ROCK.

WHAT THE [BLEEP]
DOES THAT MEAN?

MAN,
I'M FREAKING HAPPY, MAN.

I CAN GET
SOME FREAKING GOLD.

I'M HAPPY, MAN.

I LOVE GOLD.

HOLY [BLEEP]
YEAH!

LOTS OF GOOD PIECES, MAN.

Wes: THERE'S GOLD THERE.

THERE'S GOLD THERE.

[BLEEP]
THERE'S GOLD THERE.

SON OF A [BLEEP]

WHOO.

THIS IS A LOT
OF REALLY GOOD GOLD.

-AWESOME!
-I'M EXCITED.

YESTERDAY WE WERE LIKE,
"WHERE'S THE GOLD?"

LOOK AT THAT.

GOOD TO HAVE GOOD CHUNKS
OF GOLD.

I'VE NEVER HAD A SLUICE BOX
LOOK LIKE THIS BEFORE.

YEAH!
DAMN.

[ LAUGHS ]

WHOO!

IT'S OVER.

Good job, man.

That was a lot of fun,
nailed it.

OH [BLEEP]
THAT'S RIGHT HERE.

WE OBVIOUSLY GOT MORE GOLD THAN
WE'VE EVER GOTTEN EVER,

EVER ANYWHERE BEFORE.

SO THIS IS A HUGE SUCCESS.

THAT'S BEAUTIFUL GOLD,
BRO.

IT'S EVERYWHERE, MAN,

NUGGET HEAVEN.

AH, THERE'S A LOT OF NUGGETS.

LOOK AT THEM.

LOOK AT THEM!

IT'S GORGEOUS.

NICE LITTLE CLEANOUT
RIGHT THERE.

WE'RE DEFINITELY GETTING BETTER
AT THIS.

EVERY YEAR WE FIND MORE.

THERE'S PROBABLY
12 OUNCES HERE.

THIS IS MORE THAN
WE'VE EVER FOUND.

Narrator: 12 OUNCES OF GOLD,
WORTH OVER $16,000,

IS MORE THAN
THEIR ENTIRE PREVIOUS SEASON.

LOVE YOU GUYS, MAN.

NUGGET HEAVEN.



Narrator:
UP AHEAD ON THIS SEASON
OF "GOLD RUSH: WHITE WATER."

DUSTIN MAY BE AHEAD NOW,
BUT HE AIN'T AHEAD FOR LONG.

MY GAMBLE, MY MONEY,
LET'S DO THIS.

Man: THAT'S HARSH WATER,
DUDE.

YEAH, I DON'T THINK
WE'RE DIVING IN THIS.

-LOOK OUT!
-HOLY [BLEEP]

WE'RE GETTING IT.

I found gold!
Yeah!

Dustin: IT LOOKS LIKE
A HOUSE NUGGET.

WHOO!

NUGGETS.

Fred: I'm out of air.
Pull me up!

THIS IS THE WRONG WAY
TO DO THIS [BLEEP]

[BLEEP] OH!

WATCH OUT.
-AH!

DUSTIN!