Gold Rush: White Water (2018–…): Season 3, Episode 9 - End of the Rainbow - full transcript

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Narrator:
IN ALASKA'S REMOTE CAHOON CREEK,

10 FEET BENEATH
A RAGING WATERFALL,

76-YEAR-OLD FRED HURT
IS HUNTING FOR GOLD.

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BUT 50 FEET ABOVE HIM
AT THE TOP OF THUNDER FALLS,

THERE'S A PROBLEM
WITH THE WINCH SYSTEM.

Ryan: THAT LAST ROCK
WE PULLED ON BROKE OUR ANCHOR.

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Ryan: I'M UP TOP.

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Fred: [ BREATHING HEAVILY ]

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GET HIM OUT OF THERE!

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WHOO-HOO!

YOU'RE THE MAN THERE,
RYAN!

WE GOT A LOT MORE WORK TO GO.

I'M GOING DOWN PERSONALLY.

THIS PUPPY'S FINISHED.

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EVERYTHING WE HAVE BROKE TODAY.

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WE CAN'T LEAVE
UNTIL WE GOT ALL THE GOLD.

-[ LAUGHS ]
-WE BROKE THE SCALE, DUDE.

IT DOESN'T FEEL REAL.

[ LAUGHS ]

THANK YOU, WATERFALL!

CAPTIONS PAID FOR BY
DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS

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Narrator: AT RAINBOW'S END...

Dustin: ALL RIGHT.
LET'S GET IN THE WATER.

...2/3 OF THE WAY
THROUGH THE SEASON,

DUSTIN HURT
HAS REACHED THE BOTTOM

OF ONE OF THE MOST
GOLD-RICH PLUNGE POOLS

HE HAS EVER MINED.

CARLOS.
Carlos: YEAH?

SUIT UP, BRO.

WITH WINTER FAST APPROACHING,

IT'S TIME TO MAKE
THE FINAL PUSH.

I WANT THIS HOLE TO BE DONE SO
I CAN MOVE ON TO THE NEXT PLACE,

BUT I WANT TO GET
ALL THE GOLD OUT OF IT.

NOW, THIS IS
THE TREASURE-HUNT PART.

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Narrator: 18 FEET DOWN, THEY'VE
DREDGED BEDROCK ON ALL SIDES.

NOW CARLOS CLEANS OUT THE LAST
OF THE GRAVEL

AT THE BOTTOM OF THE HOLE.

Carlos: WHOA.
WHOA, WHOA, WHOA, WHOA.

I GOT A COLD.

[ COUGHS ]

THAT IS GONNA BE REAL WEIRD
INSIDE OF A MASK.

Carlos: AH. COME ON, GOLD.
WHERE YOU AT, BROTHER?

Narrator: DUSTIN WILL FOLLOW
BEHIND TO MAKE SURE

HE HAS EVERY
LAST FLAKE OF GOLD.

ARE YOU CLEARING THE BOTTOM
OF THIS THING OR WHAT?

AM I AT THE BOTTOM?
YEAH.

NO, MAN, I'M TRYING
TO CLEAR OUT THIS WALL.

Wes: WANT TO FINISH
THAT HOLE UP

SO WE CAN GET ALL
THE GOLD OUT OF HERE?

FOR THE LIFE OF ME,
I CAN'T FIGURE OUT

EXACTLY WHERE I'M AT
RIGHT NOW.

[ LAUGHS ]
YOU'RE DOWNSTREAM.

THIS BEDROCK,
I DON'T UNDERSTAND.

OH, WOW.
THAT'S A ROCK.

SO I NEED A HAMMER,
A 1/2-INCH BOLT,

A HAMMER DRILL,
AND A CHAIN ON THAT BOLT.

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WHAT I THOUGHT WAS BEDROCK
WAS NOT.

IT WAS A BIG ROCK.

-I CAN'T BELIEVE IT.
-HOLY [BLEEP]

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Dustin: WHERE ARE THESE ROCKS
COMING FROM?

Carlos: [ LAUGHS ]

JUST KEEPS GOING DOWN.

I KEEP PULLING ROCKS OUT
DOWN HERE.

THAT'S WHERE THEY'RE COMING
FROM -- RIGHT THERE.

Carlos: OH.

THERE'S A WHOLE NOTHER HOLE
RIGHT DOWN THERE.

YEAH, THAT'S COOL, MAN.

IT LOOKS LIKE
ANOTHER DIG SITE.

YEAH, YEAH.
WAY, WAY DOWN THERE.

Narrator: 18 FEET DOWN AT
THE BOTTOM OF THE PLUNGE POOL,

DUSTIN HAS REMOVED
A LARGE, FLAT BOULDER,

REVEALING AN UNEXPECTED PIT
IN THE BEDROCK.

FULL OF BOULDERS
AND GOLD-RICH MATERIAL,

IT COULD HOLD
A LIFE-CHANGING PAYOUT.

THERE'S JUST
ONE LITTLE SECTION, MAN.

LIKE A HIDDEN BASEMENT.

BUT IT'S JUST GOING DOWN.

AND THAT PIT JUST KEEPS
GOING DOWN, DOWN, DOWN.

THAT MIGHT BE THE DEEPEST
PART OF THIS HOLE.

WE ALL KNOW THAT THE VERY
LOWEST POINT OF THE HOLE

COULD BE CHOCK-FULL
OF GOLD.

AWESOME. CAN'T ASK
FOR TOO MUCH MORE THAN THAT.

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Man: GOT IT!

-THERE YOU GO. YOU GOT IT.
-THAT'S ONE BIG ROCK.

Man #2: THAT'S A LOT BIGGER
THAN I WAS EXPECTING.

Man #3: YEAH.

Narrator:
A 1/4-MILE DOWN CREEK,

DUSTIN'S FATHER, FRED HURT,
HAS SO FAR MINED

LESS THAN AN OUNCE OF GOLD.

Fred: WE'VE GOT A LOT OF WORK
TO DO DOWN HERE. A LOT.

WE'RE REALLY COUNTING
ON THIS WATERFALL.

Narrator:
BARELY A MONTH LEFT,

HE'S FACING THE BIGGEST
CHALLENGE OF THE SEASON --

THUNDER FALLS.

Fred: WE GOT A LOT MOVED
AND A LOT DONE.

WE'RE GONNA FIND OUT
EXACTLY WHAT'S IN THERE.

Narrator: AFTER 3 MONTHS MINING
SMALLER POOLS DOWNSTREAM,

NOW AT THUNDER FALLS, FRED'S
GAMBLED ON HAVING ENOUGH TIME

TO GET DOWN TO WHAT COULD BE
OVER 20 FEET TO BEDROCK,

WHERE HE BELIEVES THERE'S A PILE
OF GOLD NUGGETS WORTH MILLIONS.

OH, ONCE IT'S IN THE BOTTOM
OF SOMETHING,

IT DOESN'T WANT
TO COME BACK UP.

WELL, ANYTIME ANYTHING
HEAVY COMES DOWN THAT WATERFALL,

IT CAN'T CLIMB.

IF YOU CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE
OF GOLD, THAT'S HOW YOU DO IT.

YOU LOOK FOR A PLACE
THAT IT COULDN'T GET OUT OF.

I'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO DIVE
UNDER A WATERFALL.

THIS IS GONNA BE...

IT'S GONNA BE
REALLY EXCITING.

I MEAN, IT MAKES
THE PERFECT GOLD CATCH.

THAT'S WHAT EVERYBODY
IS LOOKING FOR.

YOU'RE ALWAYS LOOKING
FOR THAT PLUNGE POOL.

I MEAN, IT DOESN'T GET
ANY BETTER THAN THAT.

Fred: ALL RIGHT.

LET'S SEE IF WE CAN GET
THIS EQUIPMENT RUNNING HERE.

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[ ENGINE STARTS ]

THIS MOTOR'S STARTED.

WHAT IN THE HELL
IS GOING ON HERE?

IT DOESN'T SEEM
TO WANT TO GO.

YOU KNOW, WHOEVER IT IS
OUT THERE

STARTING IT HAS
A HELL OF A TIME.

Narrator:
THE TWO MOTORS POWER THE DREDGE

AND TWO VITAL LIFELINES
FOR THE DIVER --

HOT WATER TO KEEP HIM WARM
AND AIR TO BREATHE.

[ ENGINE STARTS ]

HAD A LITTLE TROUBLE
WITH THIS ENGINE

FOR SOME REASON
EVERY MORNING LATELY.

[ ENGINE STOPS ]

USUALLY, THESE MOTORS FIRE
RIGHT UP FIRST PULL,

BUT SOMETHING'S GOING ON
WITH THAT SUCKER,

AND IT'S A LITTLE BIT DANGEROUS
TO BE USING THEM LIKE THAT

'CAUSE IF IT DIES WHILE WE GOT
A DIVER IN THE WATER,

THAT DIVER'S IN TROUBLE.

HEY, RYAN,
I CAN'T GET IT GOING.

[ ENGINE STARTS ]

COME ON, BABY.

SO, WHAT'S THAT ALL ABOUT?

A PAIN IN THE BUTT,
FOR SURE.

YEAH.

I'M FREEZING OUT HERE.

DO WHAT YOU CAN DO.

IT JUST DROPS OFF ABOUT A FOOT
AND A HALF RIGHT THERE.

Narrator: TO GET TO THE
GOLD-RICH GRAVEL ON BEDROCK...

...THE CREW MUST REMOVE HUNDREDS
OF TONS OF MASSIVE BOULDERS.

THE DEEPER THEY GO,
THE HEAVIER THEY GET.

HOW'S THAT CURRENT
TREATING YOU DOWN THERE, PAUL?

YOU MUST BE DOWN
PRETTY DEEP.

IT'S NICE DOWN HERE
ON THE BOTTOM.

ALL RIGHT.

STAY UP CLOSE TO THE WALL.

DON'T GET TOO FAR AWAY
RIGHT THERE.

YEP.
THERE'S A LOT OF BOULDERS,

SO I'M JUST GETTING IN BETWEEN
ALL THE BOULDERS THAT I CAN.

ALL RIGHTY.

I'M SITTING OVER HERE
RIGHT ABOVE YOU RIGHT NOW.

YEAH.

AND IT SOUNDS LIKE
THUNDER UP HERE. HA!

HEY, FRED, I'VE GOT
SOME ROCKS DOWN HERE

THAT I MIGHT HAVE
TO DRILL THESE THINGS.

PUT SOME HANDLES
ON THOSE THINGS,

WE CAN GET
THOSE THINGS OUT OF THERE.

I'LL PROBABLY HAVE TO USE
A 10-FOOTER.

LET ME FIND A GOOD ANGLE.

CLEAR?
YEAH.

ALL RIGHT. I'M GONNA
GIVE IT A LITTLE SHOT.

GO FOR IT.

WELL...

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AH. IT'S WALKING.
YEAH.

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THE FACT IS, THE BOTTOM OF THAT
WATERFALL IS FULL OF BOULDERS.

SO LUCKILY, WE'VE GOT
THAT 10-FOOT DRILL BIT.

FRED CAME IN THERE,
AND NOW HE'S DRILLING.

PRETTY SOON, WE'LL BE PULLING
THEM BOULDERS OUT OF THERE.

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UH-OH.

IT DOESN'T SOUND
LIKE YOU FINISHED.

THAT'S WHAT
I'M THINKING, TOO.

OH.

-BROKE THE WELD ALREADY.
-YEP.

WE GOT ANOTHER BIT,
THE OTHER 10-FOOTER?

WE ONLY GOT
ONE 10-FOOT, FRED.

Narrator: THE CONNECTION BETWEEN
THE 10-FOOT EXTENSIONS

AND THE 3/8 SHAFT THAT GOES
IN THE DRILL CHUCK HAS FAILED.

SO, WHAT HAPPENED WITH
OUR DRILL BIT IS,

OUR WELDING KIND OF BROKE.

THESE DRILL BITS ARE HANDMADE,

SO THEY USUALLY
DON'T LAST THAT LONG.

IS THERE SOMETHING STURDIER
WE CAN MAKE THEM OUT OF?

I'M NOT SURE.

WE'RE OUT OF
THE DRILLING BUSINESS.

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DUSTIN THOUGHT IT WAS
FULL OF BEDROCK,

BUT HE GOT AHOLD
OF ANOTHER BIG, LARGE ROCK.

SO IF WE'VE GOT A HOLE DOWN
THERE THAT'S FULL OF GOLD,

WE'RE HAPPY.

Narrator:
DEEP IN THE ALASKAN BACKCOUNTRY,

DUSTIN HURT HAS ALREADY BANKED
OVER 12 OUNCES OF GOLD

FROM THE PLUNGE POOL
AT RAINBOW'S END.

NOW THE DISCOVERY OF A PIT
IN THE BEDROCK

COULD RESULT
IN A WHOLE LOT MORE.

WE'RE JUST GONNA KEEP
GOING AT IT, YOU KNOW?

Narrator: THEY NEED TO REMOVE
ANOTHER LAYER OF ROCKS

TO GET TO THE GOLD
AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PIT.

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Dustin: BASKET COMING UP.

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[BLEEP] DAMN, IT LOOKS LIKE
WE'RE MAKING SOME PROGRESS, MAN!

Wes:
THAT'S FREAKING AMAZING, MAN!

SO, WHAT'S THE BOTTOM
OF THAT HOLE LOOKING LIKE?

WELL, MAN, IT'S ALMOST
POLISHED OFF HERE, MAN.

Narrator:
BOULDERS REMOVED, THEY CAN
DREDGE THE GOLD-RICH GRAVEL.

IT'S GETTING PRETTY CLOSE.

I'M LOOKING AT THE BOTTOM
RIGHT NOW.

YEAH, OKAY, YOU'RE TRYING TO GET
TO THE DEEPEST AREA STILL.

Carlos:
IT LOOKS LIKE THERE'S GOLD.

LIKE, LITTLE CRACKS,
AND THERE'S GOLD.

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AND THIS THING IS STILL GOING
DOWN IN THIS HOLE RIGHT HERE.

IT'S STILL GOING DOWN.WHERE AT? THIS?

RIGHT HERE. YEAH.

THIS GOLD IS, LIKE,
REALLY EMBEDDED

IN THESE FREAKING CRACKS,
MAN!

I CAN SEE THAT THERE'S GOLD
DOWN IN THIS CRACK,

BUT I CAN'T GET TO IT.

IT SEEMS LIKE THE GOLD'S
STUCK DOWN IN THERE,

AND WE GOT TO FIGURE OUT
A WAY TO GET THIS OUT OF HERE.

WE CAN'T LEAVE
ANY GOLD BEHIND.

Narrator: NARROW CRACKS LINE
THE BOTTOM OF THE PIT --

PERFECT GOLD CATCHES.

BUT THE CRACKS ARE TOO NARROW
AND TOO DEEP FOR THE DREDGE HOSE

TO REACH THE HEAVY GOLD
IN THE CREVICES.

AFTER A 4-HOUR DIVE,
DREDGING A PIT BELOW

THE BEDROCK FLOOR,
DUSTIN CHECKS THE SLUICE BOX.

ONE BIG GOLD NUGGET.
THAT'S IT.

Wes: THAT'S IT, HUH?

OKAY, TWOBIG GOLD NU--

THREE,OKAY.
THERE'S A COUPLE.

THAT'S THE BIGGEST ONE,
THOUGH. FOR SURE.

THAT'S PRETTY.

AND IN THE DEEPEST CREVICES,

THERE'S THE PROMISE
OF EVEN MORE GOLD.

Wes:
THAT'S A REALLY NICE PIECE.

AS LONG AS THEY CAN SPOT
SOME CRACKS

OR FISSURES IN THE BOTTOM,

THEY'RE GONNA HAVE
GOLD IN THEM.

I COULDN'T GET THE GOLD

TO COME OUT OF THE CRACKS
AND THE CREVICES

BECAUSE IT GOES DOWN
INTO A DEEP POINT, RIGHT?

I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO.
ANYBODY GOT ANY IDEAS?

I THINK I CAN MAKE
A LITTLE PIECE

THAT WILL SUCK ON THERE
WITH A 2-INCH HOSE

COMING OFF OF IT
AND PUT, LIKE,

A PIPE ON THE END OF THAT,
WHERE I CAN FLATTEN IT.

VACUUM ATTACHMENTS.

YEAH, YEAH,
LIKE A NARROW VACUUM ATTACHMENT

SO YOU CAN GET DOWN IN THE SIDE
OF YOUR SEATS.

YEAH.WE'LL USE EVERYTHING WE CAN

BECAUSE THERE'S A WHOLE SECTION
THAT I CAN'T GET INTO.

WE GOT A LOT
MORE WORK TO GO.

YEAH.

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Narrator: 2 MILES DOWN
THE MOUNTAIN AT McKINLEY CAMP...

...DUSTIN'S FATHER, FRED,

ALSO NEEDS A BUSH FIX
TO GET DOWN TO THE GOLD.

THE WELDS HAVE BEEN BREAKING,
SO WE PUT LONGER SHAFTS IN THERE

THIS TIME
USING A LONGER, OLD DRILL BIT.

WE NEED THESE DRILL BITS.

THEY'RE VERY IMPORTANT
TO OUR JOB.

VERY IMPORTANT WE GET THESE
THINGS, AND GET THEM RIGHT.

Narrator: THE CREW USES
10-FOOT DRILL EXTENSIONS

TO BORE INTO ROCKS
AT THE BOTTOM OF THE DIVE PIT,

BUT ON THE LAST DIVE,
THE TIP GOT STUCK

WHILE THE DRILL
CONTINUED TO SPIN,

BREAKING THE WELDS
HOLDING THE DRILL BIT.

FRED'S SOLUTION --

SWAP OUT THE SHORT BITS
FOR LONGER BITS

ND INCREASE THE NUMBER
OF SUPPORTING WELDS.

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Fred: YEP, THAT'LL WORK.

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ALL RIGHT.
OFF TO WORK.

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SUCCESS.

HA HA!

WHOO-HOO!

♪♪

WE'RE GONNA GET RYAN
IN THE WATER.

WE'VE GOT OUR 10-FOOT
DRILL BITS READY,

SO ONCE WE GET THEM DRILLED,

GET SOME BOLTS IN THEM,
GET THEM OUT,

HE SHOULD HAVE PLENTY OF
MATERIAL DOWN THERE TO DREDGE,

AND HOPEFULLY, HE'S GOT
SOME GOLD IN THE BOX, TOO.

YOU ALL READY, MAN?

I'M READY.

[ ENGINE SPUTTERING ]

I DON'T WHY IT WOULD BE
DOING THAT.

[ ENGINE STARTS, SPUTTERS ]

COME ON, BABY.

IT JUST TAKES A LONG TIME
TO GET IT GOING.

[ ENGINE STARTS ]

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HOW YOU FEELING TODAY?

FEELING GREAT. READY TO GET
IN THERE AND MOVE SOME ROCKS.

HOPEFULLY, OUR BIG DRILL BITS
WORK OUT JUST FINE THIS TIME.

I THINK THEY WILL BE.

LET'S TRY TO CONCENTRATE
ON GETTING

THOSE BIGGEST ROCKS
OUT OF THERE.

GET SOME GOLD NOW, MAN.ALL RIGHT.

YOU READY?
YEP.

YOU'RE THE MAN THERE,
RYAN!

I PUT YOUR LOOP
ON THE BACK,

SO EVERYTHING SHOULD BE
OUT OF THE WAY,

AND IT WON'T DRIFT
IN FRONT OF YOU.

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GOOD LUCK, RYAN.

THANK YOU.GOOD LUCK, RYAN.

♪♪

Narrator:
FINALLY, THEY CAN GET BACK
TO DRILLING THE MASSIVE ROCKS

BLOCKING THEIR WAY
TO BEDROCK GOLD.

♪♪

OKAY, RYAN, I'VE GOT THE
DRILL BIT ABOVE THE WATER.

I'LL LET YOU GUIDE IT
WHERE YOU NEED IT.

PUT IT DOWN TO HIS HAND.

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FEELS LIKE IT.YEP, SHE'S GOING.

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THAT'S GOT TO BE
ABOUT 4 INCHES.

THAT'S WAY DOWN IN THERE.

IT IS WORKING.
[ LAUGHS ]

MAN, PAUL IS OUT THERE.

HE'S DRILLING AWAY RIGHT NOW.

WE'RE HOPING IT HOLDS UP.

WE'VE PUT A LOT MORE WELD
ONTO IT.

Narrator:
THE NEW WELDS HOLD.

FRED'S CREW IS BACK IN BUSINESS.

HEY, HAVE I GOT ENOUGH SLACK
TO PULL THE HOOK?

I'LL GIVE YOU ENOUGH SLACK
TO PULL IT OUT.

WE'VE GOT A BIG ROCK
ON THE HOOK.

WE'RE 5 TO 6 FEET.

WHOO!

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BIG ROCK.
THERE WE GO!

ALL RIGHT.

ALL RIGHT!

THAT ROCK WAS HIDING SOME GOLD.
I KNOW IT!

[ BOTH LAUGH ]

Paul: WE'VE HAD SOME PRETTY
GOOD SUCCESS WITH IT.

WE GOT A BUNCH
OF ROCKS DRILLED.

THREE OR FOUR OF THEM DOWN THERE

THAT WE WEREN'T ABLE
TO GET LOOSE YET.

SO RYAN'S TRYING TO DREDGE
AROUND THEM

AND SEE IF WE CAN
GET THEM FREED UP.

AND IF WE CAN GET THEM FREED UP,
WE CAN GET THOSE PULLED OUT.

I'LL NEED TO DRILL ANOTHER ROCK
IF YOU CAN REACH IT.

Ryan: OKAY.YEAH, WILL YOU LINK IT?

GOOD MAN.

LET ME FIND OUT
WHERE MY HOSE IS HERE.

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Narrator:
JUST AS THE CREW GAINS MOMENTUM,

THEY HIT A MONSTER BOULDER.

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ONCE I LIFT IT STRAIGHT UP,
AND WE'LL GO FROM THERE.

NOTHING?

RIGHT NOW, I THINK
IT'S JUST WEDGED.

I CAN'T MOVE IT.

YEAH, IT'S NOT MOVING.

FEELS LIKE IT FELL BACK
IN THERE.

IT MIGHT BE WEDGED,
YOU KNOW.

THIS ROCK HERE COMING OUT,

AND THEN ANOTHER ONE
OVER HERE.

WHAT THE HELL?WOW.

SOMETHING IS WRONG.

COME ON.

COME ON THERE, ROCK.

[BLEEP] DAMN.

HEY, RYAN.
COME ON UP.

I'LL FINISH
THIS BIG ROCK OFF.

PULL THAT DUDE
OUT OF THERE.

UNFORTUNATELY,
THEM ROCKS HAVE BEEN THERE

SO LONG THAT THE SUCTION
AND JUST THE CLAY AROUND THEM

AND EVERYTHING'S
HOLDING THEM IN THERE.

SO WHILE THE DRILL BIT WORKS
FANTASTIC,

IT TAKES A LOT, A LOT OF WINCH
TO PULL THEM THINGS FREE.

TWO STEPS FORWARD,
ONE STEP BACK.

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I'M SURE I'VE GOT
ENOUGH STUFF TO MAKE

THIS VACUUM-CLEANER ATTACHMENT.

Narrator:
EARLY MORNING AT McKINLEY CAMP.

WES RICHARDSON
FABRICATES A DEVICE

TO SUCK UP
THE LAST OF THE GOLD

IN THE CRACKS OF THE BASEMENT
AT RAINBOW'S END.

I HAD TO GO DOWN
TO PORCUPINE CREEK

AND SCROUNGE AROUND.

WE'VE GOT JUNK ALL OVER
THE PLACE DOWN THERE.

AND I FOUND MOST OF THE PIECES,
I THINK, TO MAKE THIS APPARATUS.

THEY'LL JUST GRAB THIS
AND STICK IT

RIGHT OVER THE END
OF THE DREDGE MUZZLE,

AND THEN I'M GONNA HAVE THOSE
SMALLER PIPES COMING OUT OF HERE

NARROWED DOWN INTO, LIKE,
A SQUARE SECTION LIKE THAT.

SO IT CAN'T SUCK UP LARGE STUFF,

BUT THEY CAN GET IT
ON THOSE NUGGETS,

AND IT'LL PICK THEM UP
OUT OF THE BOTTOM.

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LOOK AT THIS THING.I'M JUST FINISHING IT UP.

SO, YOU KNOW,
WITH ALL THE PROBLEMS

WE'VE BEEN HAVING
PICKING UP THEM NUGGETS,

I THINK, ONCE Y'ALL
GET UNDERNEATH THERE --

GOT THIS HOSE, SLIP THAT THING
RIGHT ON THE END.

GOT YOUR DREDGE HOSE
LAYING ON THE BOTTOM.

YOU CAN GET
JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE.

MADE AN ELONGATED NOZZLE
THERE,

SO JUST LIKE
A VACUUM-CLEANER ATTACHMENT.

THAT LOOKS GREAT TO ME, MAN.

SO...
WHATEVER IT TAKES, RIGHT?

LOOKS GENIUS TO ME. I MEAN...YEP.

HELL YEAH.
WE'LL GIVE IT A RUN.

GO TRY IT OUT.

Narrator: TOOL BUILT,
THE CREW HEADS BACK OUT.

DUSTIN'S FOUND MORE NUGGETS
FROM RAINBOW'S END

THAN ANY OTHER SEASON.

AND A BASEMENT IN THE BEDROCK
HAS REVEALED MORE PAY GRAVEL.

SO BEFORE MOVING HIS OPERATION,

HE WANTS TO GET EVERY
LAST OUNCE OF GOLD.

Dustin:
WE'RE IN THE BASEMENT NOW.

WE FOUND ANOTHER LAYER DOWN THAT
WE THOUGHT WE HIT THE BOTTOM,

BUT IT KEEPS GOING DOWN.

CARLOS IS CALLING IT
THE "BASEMENT"

BECAUSE IT JUST KEEPS
GOING COMPLETELY DOWN

BELOW WHERE WE THOUGHT.

WE'RE GONNA TRY OUT
WES' NEW CREVICE TOOL,

AND HOPEFULLY,
IT'LL BE ABLE TO GET IN THERE

AND JUST PULL EVERYTHING
OUT OF THE CREVICE IN THERE.

Narrator:
DIVER JAMES WILL BE THE FIRST

TO TEST OUT THE NEW TOOL.

YOU'RE GONNA GO DOWN,
PUT THAT ATTACHMENT ON.

BE CAREFUL.

LET'S SEE WHAT YOU CAN
DO WITH IT.

ALL RIGHT?

SO, ALL YOU'RE GOT TO DO
IS JUST KEEP ON DIGGING, MAN.

ALL RIGHT?

ALL RIGHT, MAN.

HUH?
THAT'S NOT BAD.

GOT IT.

ALL RIGHT.
BE CAREFUL.

♪♪

LET'S SEE
HOW SAFE IT IS.

THANK YOU, SIR.

GET THIS DEVICE,
THIS CREVICE CLEANER,

AND GO GET
THAT CRACK DONE.

LET'S GIVE IT A SHOT.

WATCH OUT WHEN YOU PUT
THAT THING ON.

THE SUCTION ON THAT THING
MIGHT BE REALLY STRONG.

I'VE GOT TO SEE
WHAT IT'S GONNA DO.

I'M GONNA HAVE MYSELF
A FOOT AWAY FROM THE NOZZLE.

ALL RIGHT.

STAY AWAY FROM THE END,
THE VERY END.

YOU'LL GET USED TO IT,
THOUGH.

SO, LET'S SEE HOW IT DOES.

GO AHEAD AND WORK
ON SOME OF THOSE CRACKS,

AND WE'LL WATCH
THE SLUICE BOX.

OH, IT'S ON.
IT WENT RIGHT ON.

HOLY [BLEEP]

THAT SUCKED
RIGHT ONTO THE END.

♪♪

IT WORKS PRETTY GOOD.

CREVICE CLEANER.

THAT'S AWESOME.

WES'
CREVICE-CLEANER ATTACHMENT

FITS ONTO THE END
OF THE DREDGE HOSE,

REDUCING DOWN
THE LARGE SUCTION AREA

OF THE HOSE TO A NARROW
CONCENTRATED HOSE,

PERFECT FOR FITTING
INTO THE CREVICE

AND SUCKING UP THE LAST
OF THE TRAPPED GOLD.

I'M GETTING EVERYTHING
I CAN SEE, MAN.

THIS IS GREAT.

♪♪

AFTER A 4-HOUR DIVE...

YEAH, MAN,
CREVICE CLEANER IS GREAT.

GOOD JOB, WES.

...IT'S TIME TO CHECK
THE SLUICE TO SEE

IF WES' CREVICE CLEANER
HAS DELIVERED ANY GOLD.

♪♪

-HELL YEAH.
-GOLD!

WE'RE SEEING
SOME GOLD, MAN.

Wes: I GUESS ALL WE CAN DO NOW
IS JUST DO AN INSPECTION.

SNIPE IT.
YEP.

THAT'S IT.

SOUNDS LIKE YOU GOT ONE DIVE
LEFT ON THIS THING.

ONE LAST DIVE.
I'M GOING DOWN PERSONALLY,

AND I'M GONNA DO
A FULL INSPECTION,

AND I'M GONNA TRY
TO WHAT WE CALL SNIPING --

LOOK FOR EVERY SPECK OF GOLD

THAT COULD POSSIBLY BE
DOWN THERE.

Narrator: DUSTIN HAS SPENT OVER
$35,000 DREDGING THIS HOLE.

I DON'T WANT TO PUT IT
TOO TIGHT.

CAN YOU BREATHE?IT'S GOOD. IT'S GOOD. YEAH.

SO HE HAS TO BE 100% SURE
THERE IS NO GOLD LEFT.

WE CAN'T LEAVE UNTIL WE KNOW
THAT WE GOT ALL THE GOLD.

♪♪

Dustin: YEAH. THAT CLEANED UP
A LOT OF THIS [BLEEP] DUDE.

THERE'S NOTHING LEFT.

I MEAN, THAT'S CRAZY
HOW CLEAN IT IS.

THIS IS [BLEEP] CLEAN.
I MEAN, SPOTLESS.

DUSTIN JUST SAID THE HOLE
IS CLEANED OUT.

THIS PUPPY'S FINISHED.

Dustin: IT'S SPOTLESS.

Wes: YEP. COPY THAT.

RAINBOW'S END IS DONE.

Narrator: AFTER 3 HARD MONTHS
AT RAINBOW'S END...

PULL ME IN.

...DUSTIN'S CREW HAS REMOVED
FROM THE PLUNGE POOL

AROUND 200 TONS
OF COLD HARD ROCK.

IT'S AMAZING HOW MUCH WAS
IN THAT WATERFALL.

YOU'D NEVER THINK THIS MUCH ROCK
WAS IN THERE,

BUT WE MOVED EVERY BIT
OF THIS BY HAND.

UNBELIEVABLE.

JAMES DID A GREAT JOB, MAN.

I THINK I'M GETTING BETTER
AT CLEANING, SO...

THERE WAS NOTHING
DOWN THERE.

YOU DID A GREAT JOB
ON THAT LAST DIVE.

Narrator:
NOW THE CREW WILL FIND OUT
IF ALL THE HARD WORK PAYS OFF.

NO QUESTION WE LEFT
ANY GOLD DOWN THERE.

SEE WHAT OUR CLEANOUT
LOOKS LIKE.

THANK YOU, WATERFALL!

MOVING ON.

♪♪

Narrator: AT TWO FISH,
THE HEAVIEST ROCK OF THE SEASON

BLOCKED 76-YEAR-OLD FRED HURT'S
PATH TO GOLD...

BUT NOT FOR LONG.

LET'S GO AHEAD AND TRY TO GET
THAT THING OUT OF THERE.

YESTERDAY, THE WINCH SYSTEM
FAILED TO MOVE IT,

BUT FRED HAS A PLAN.

Fred: I SET UP A COME-ALONG,
A BIG HEAVY-DUTY COME-ALONG.

AS LONG AS WE CAN BREAK
THAT ROCK LOOSE

WITH A COMBINATION
OF THE WINCH

AND THAT,
IT SHOULD MOVE A BIG ROCK.

DO WE HAVE ANYTHING?YEAH.

I GOT YOU.ALL RIGHT.

I HEAR YOU LOUD AND CLEAR.YEAH, ALL RIGHT.

♪♪

Paul: AND AWAY WE GO.

♪♪

WELL, I CAN SEE WHY
THIS ONE WON'T MOVE.

THIS IS A BIG [BLEEP]

BUT IT'S BIG.

[BLEEP]

SO, YOU WANT TO PULL
WITH BOTH THE WINCH

AND THE COME-ALONG?

THE WINCH
AND THE COME-ALONG.

Narrator:
FRED'S CAST-STEEL COME-ALONG
IS RATED TO 8,000 POUNDS.

Paul:
IF THEY'RE STUCK, HOPEFULLY,

THE COME-ALONG,
ALONG WITH THE WINCH,

WE CAN GET THEM TO BREAK LOOSE
AND GET THEM OUT.

Fred:
PULL ON YOUR COME-ALONG.

♪♪

CRANK ON THAT THING.

♪♪

♪♪

I DON'T FEEL ANY MOVEMENT
AT ALL.

OH.
WELL...

THAT'S IT
FOR THE COME-ALONG.

THE COME-ALONG BROKE.

AW.

AW, YOU'RE KIDDING.

-NO, IT BROKE.
-NO.

IT'S DONE.

Fred: AW.

NO COME-ALONG.THE FIRST DAMN ROCK.

NOW WE'RE GONNA HOOK UP
A BACKUP COME-ALONG AND SEE

IF WE CAN GET A LITTLE
EFFORT OUT OF THIS THING.

Narrator:
PAUL BRINGS IN A REPLACEMENT,

RATED TO JUST 4,000 POUNDS.

IF THEY CAN'T PRY THE BOULDER
LOOSE,

THEY'LL NEVER GET
TO THE BEDROCK GOLD.

ALL RIGHT.

Fred: THERE YOU GO.

JUST GO AHEAD.

IT'S ALREADY MOVING.
THAT'S GOOD.

ALL RIGHT.
HOLD UP A MINUTE.

HOLD UP.

ALL RIGHT.
HOLD UP A MINUTE NOW.

♪♪

GET IT OUT OF HERE.

Narrator: THE WINCH HAS LIFTED
THE 1-1/2-TON BOULDER.

Fred: DON'T DROP IT.

♪♪

DON'T GO -- DO NO --THERE IT GOES.

YEAH, THERE YOU GO.

IT GOT HUNG UP
ON THOSE ROCKS.

[BLEEP]

OH, NO.

WHAT NOW?

♪♪

OH, WOW.

LOOK AT OUR MAIN CABLE.

I GUESS THAT LAST ROCK
WE PULLED ON BROKE OUR ANCHOR.

SO, IT TOOK A WHOLE CHUNK
OF ROCK OFF THE WALL...

WHICH THAT'S WHAT WAS
HOLDING OUR CABLE OVER.

SO WHEN IT DID THAT, WE LOST
5 FOOT OF WHAT WE HAD.

WHERE IT IS NOW IS NOT GOOD.

SO WE GOT TO PULL
EVERYTHING SIDEWAYS.

WE NEED TO BE
MORE OVER THE WATERFALL.

Narrator:
THE 3,000-POUND BOULDER

PUT SO MUCH STRAIN
ON THE CABLE SYSTEM,

THE BEDROCK THEY WERE USING
FOR A GUIDE ANCHOR SHEARED OFF

AND SHIFTED THE LINE
OF THE CABLE OVER TO THE BANK.

THEY MUST RELOCATE THE ANCHOR
POINT ON TOP OF THE WATERFALL

BEFORE THEY CAN
REMOVE THE BOULDER.

♪♪

PAUL AND RYAN WORK TO MAKE
THE FIX AT THE TOP

OF THE 40-FOOT WATERFALL.

WE BROKE CABLES,
BROKE COME-ALONGS.

I MEAN, EVERYTHING WE HAVE
BROKE TODAY.

Narrator:
DOWNSTREAM, FRED STARTS TO
DREDGE THE NEWLY EXPOSED GRAVEL.

♪♪

[ MOTOR WHIRRING ]

♪♪

Fred: HEY, KAYLA.

♪♪

♪♪

KAYLA? HELLO?

Ryan: I'M UP TOP.

UNH-UNH.
NOT WITH A DIVER IN THE WATER.

GET SOMEBODY DOWN HERE NOW.

♪♪

I'M STRUGGLING.

YOU WHAT?

I'M OUT OF AIR.

PULL ME UP!
PULL ME UP!

PAUL!

PULL ME UP!

♪♪

[ BREATHING HEAVILY ]

♪♪

♪♪

Narrator: BEFORE DUSTIN CAN
WEIGH UP HIS RAINBOW END GOLD,

THERE'S AN ALASKAN SURPRISE
WAITING FOR HIM.

AH [BLEEP] BEARS HAVE BEEN
IN OUR CLEANUP POND.

Dustin: AW! THEY GOT INTO IT
AND RIPPED IT UP.

AW, MAN!

IF YOU STEP AWAY FOR A MINUTE,
THOUGH, THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS.

I GUESS THEY DECIDED
THEY WANTED TO GO SWIMMING.

SIT IN A JACUZZI, YEAH.
YEAH.

-SPA DAY FOR THE BEAR, MAN.
-YEAH.

DIDN'T CLEAN UP
AFTER THEMSELVES.

[BLEEP] MAN.
[ LAUGHS ]

I'M GONNA FIND OUT
WHERE THE BEAR SLEEPS AT

AND TAKE A FREAKING POOP
IN THEIR FRONT YARD

AND SEE HOW
THEY FEEL ABOUT THAT.

I EAT MEXICAN FOOD, MAN.

[ LAUGHS ]

♪♪

Narrator:
AT THUNDER FALLS...

[ MOTOR WHIRRING ]

Fred:
GET SOMEBODY DOWN HERE NOW.

Narrator:
...THE MOTOR THAT PUMPS

76-YEAR-OLD FRED HURT'S AIR
HAS SHUT DOWN.

Fred: I'M OUT OF AIR.

PULL ME UP!

PAUL!

PULL ME UP!

♪♪

GIVE ME SOME SLACK.

THIS AIN'T HAPPENING AGAIN.

LET ME CATCH MY BREATH.

[ GASPING ]

♪♪

I HAD TO KEEP SAYING, "PULL ME
UP, PULL ME UP, PULL ME UP!"

AND HIS LINE WAS SLACK
AS [BLEEP]

♪♪

NOBODY NOTICED THAT THE AIR
WAS OFF,

AND, WELL,
I NOTICED IT PRETTY QUICK.

I HAD ABOUT THREE OR FOUR
BREATHS, AND THAT WAS IT.

BEFORE WE GET BACK IN THE WATER,
WE ARE GOING TO FIGURE OUT,

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM
WITH THAT ENGINE?

WE DON'T NEED TO HAVE
ANYBODY ELSE GO THROUGH THAT.

♪♪

♪♪

Narrator: JUST A FEW HUNDRED
FEET AWAY AT HIGH CAMP...

THAT WAS A LOT OF WORK
OUT THERE, FELLAS.

HOPEFULLY, IT'S WORTH IT.

...FRED'S SON DUSTIN

WAITS ON HIS FINAL GOLD WEIGH
FROM RAINBOW'S END.

HOPEFULLY, THE GOLD IS ENOUGH
TO MAKE IT WORTH

ALL THAT HARD LABOR
THAT WE DID DIGGING THAT HOLE.

HOW MANY ROCKS DID YOU
HAVE TO MOVE?

BEAUCOUP ROCKS,
BEAUCOUP EFFORT.

Wes: YEAH, IMAGINE FILLING UP
20 DUMP TRUCKS BY HAND.

ONE OR TWO ROCKS AT A TIME.

ONE OR TWO ROCKS AT A TIME.

HOW MUCH YOU THINK
WE GOT IN THERE?

I DON'T WANT TO PUT
A NUMBER TO IT.

Narrator:
LAST YEAR, THE DAKOTA BOYS MINED

JUST 11 OUNCES,
WORTH AROUND $15,000.

OKAY, BOYS, I GOT US
A PLATE OF GOLD.

DRIED UP, AND LOOK AT THAT.

OH, MY GOD.

HOLY [BLEEP] DUDE.

THAT'S BEEN A LONG TIME
COMING RIGHT THERE, BUDDY.

WOW!

[ Laughing ] OH, DUDE!
WHAT?!

-OH, MY GOD!
-INCREDIBLE.

James: IT DOESN'T EVEN LOOK
IT'S REAL, DUDE.

HOW MANY YEARS HAVE
WE BEEN AFTER THIS?

THAT'S FREAKING GORGEOUS,
BRO.

DUDE, HOLY CRAP!

IT'S ALIEN, ISN'T IT?

MAN, THE GRAVITY
ON THIS THING!

IT DOESN'T FEEL REAL!

AH!
LET'S WEIGH IT.

LET'S FIND OUT WHAT WE FOUND
IN THAT HOLE.

♪♪

[ CLANKING ]CAN YOU HEAR THAT?

♪♪

MAN, THERE GOES 2 OUNCES.

THAT'S WHAT WE GOT
THE FIRST SEASON.

WE'RE GOING PAST THAT
ALREADY.

GOOD DEAL.

-10.
-THERE'S 12.

NOW WE'VE ALREADY PASSED
2 YEARS.

15.

-THERE'S A LOT LEFT.
-16.

[ Laughing ] OH, MY GOD.

♪♪

-OH. IT JUST WENT OVER.
-OH.

-IT WENT OVER.
-[ LAUGHS ]

OH, MY GOD!WE BROKE THE SCALE, DUDE!

SO, THE SCALE
ONLY GOES UP TO 18,

AND WE ARE WAY OVER 18.

OH, WE BROKE THE SCALE.
OKAY.

TAT'S A GOOD PROBLEM
TO HAVE.

OH, PERFECT.
18 IS RIGHT THERE.

-RIGHT THERE.
-THAT'S 18 OUNCES.

WE'RE GONNA HAVE
TO GET US A BIGGER SCALE.

THAT'S IT RIGHT THERE,
PRETTY MUCH.

ALL RIGHT.

Wes:
NOPE, JUST KEEP GOING.

19, 20...

24, 25...

[ LAUGHS ]

Wes: ...27.

27 1/2 OUNCES
RIGHT THERE.

YEAH!
HELL YEAH, MAN!

OUT OF ONE HOLE, GUYS.
COME ON!

$38,500.

HELL YEAH!

THAT'S GONNA MAKE
OUR SEASON RIGHT.

Narrator:
DUSTIN'S MORE THAN COVERED

HIS $35,000 COST
FOR THE SEASON.

YOU MIGHT ACTUALLY MAKE
SOME MONEY THIS YEAR.

AND THE CREW
IS ALREADY INTO PROFIT.

WE WORKED OUR BUTTS OFF,
MAN.

-FINALLY.
-LIFTING, RIGGING, BREAKING.

JUST RIDICULOUS
HOW MUCH WORK WE PUT IN.

THANK YOU, MOTHER NATURE.

SHE FINALLY GAVE US
SOME OF HER GOLD THIS YEAR.

Narrator: A MONTH BEFORE THE END
OF THE SEASON,

DUSTIN'S MORE THAN DOUBLED
LAST YEAR'S TOTAL,

AND HE STILL HAS TIME
TO GET MORE GOLD

FROM ANOTHER DIVE SITE.

THANK YOU
FOR STICKING THIS OUT.

IT'S BEEN
A LOT OF HARD WORK.

WE'RE GETTING THERE.

LET'S GO FIND SOME MORE.

♪♪

WHAT'S GOING ON, FELLAS?

Ryan: MOTOR SHUT DOWN.
WE ALMOST DROWNED FRED.

[BLEEP]
YOU ALL RIGHT, FRED?

-YEAH.
-WHAT HAPPENED?

Fred: NOBODY KNEW
THAT THE PUMP WENT OFF.

YOU KNOW, WE'VE GOT
THE WATERFALL RIGHT THERE.

AND IT JUST SHUT DOWN,
AND BY THE TIME

I NOTICED IT,
IT HAD TWO BREATHS.

[ INHALES DEEPLY ]

ONE. "I'M OUT OF AIR!"

[ INHALES DEEPLY ]
"I'M OUT OF AIR!

PULL ME UP!"

THAT WAS IT.
[ LAUGHS ]

THAT WAS IT!

Dustin: YOU GOT TO WATCH OUT
FOR THAT, FRED.

I'M SORRY TO HEAR THAT, MAN.
THAT'S SCARY, MAN.

HEY, WE FINISHED
RAINBOW'S END.

IT'S ALL DONE!
-WOW.

A HELL OF A LOT MORE
THAN WHAT WE EVER GOT.

27 1/2 OUNCES.

THAT'S INCREDIBLE, RIGHT?

-IT IS.
-MM-HMM.

I WANT TO CONGRATULATE
ALL YOU GUYS.

WE ALL KNOW HOW HARD IT IS
TO GET THAT DAMN GOLD.

♪♪

Narrator: ON THE NEXT
"GOLD RUSH: WHITE WATER"...

Dustin: RAINBOW'S END IS OVER.
IT'S TIME TO MOVE ON.

OH, MAN, LOOK AT THAT.
-OH, HO, HO.

THIS IS WHAT IS GONNA HAVE
THE NUGGETS IN IT.

DON'T FALL IN THIS WATER.

YOU WILL DIE.

MY WHOLE LIFE DEPENDS
ON THIS CABLE.

IT'S THE WRONG WAY TO DO
THIS [BLEEP]

WHOA!

Fred: WATCH THAT ROCK!
ROCK!

♪♪