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Interview with George Young of "Bering
Sea Gold" on
Today I had the pleasure to speak with George Young who
stars in the brand new season of "Bering Sea Gold" on The
Discovery Channel, which returns Wednesday, February 1st at
I asked George some questions about
himself, what it is that he did before the show, or what
brought him to want to do this show to begin with because if
you haven't seen this show, it's extremely dangerous and the
divers put their lives at risk every time they go down into
the Bering Sea, which is 34°F (1°
C) on the surface on the North end, and on the South end is
only 41°F (5°
C), where snow is common even in the Summer. The water
surface only reaches a high of 68°F
(20° C). I'm giving you this
information so that you can get an idea of the dangerous
circumstances under which these divers and their shows work,
just to strike it rich with some gold. To make things even
more interesting, George, at 45 years old, is not just a new
diver to the show or your regular
daredevil/skier/outdoorsman/extreme adventurer. George was
in a car accident that made him paraplegic in 2001.
I think this makes
the show that much more inspirational. Get ready for a
brand new season of "Bering Sea Gold"!
George, what makes you believe you can do this better
or just as well as the men and women who have come before
and tried diving for gold in the Bering Sea in past seasons?
Well, I am all about adventures; it's everything that I do.
I was in-between jobs at the time, really not doing
brother owns the Gold Dredge and wanted to know if I wanted
to go out to the Bering Sea and work it. I did because
I know that going down and diving for gold at the bottom of
the Bering Sea would be an adventure I would be up for and I
owed my brother a ton of money, so I did I went up there and
Was there at any point in time where you felt fearful
for your life or unsure you wouldn’t make it up alive while
you were down at the bottom of the sea getting this gold?
Or was there a time
or thought that went through your mind, like maybe, "I
shouldn’t be doing this! I have two kids, I could die, and I
never got the chance to say goodbye to my family."
Did anything like
that go through your mind while you were down there at all,
or did you feel 100 percent safe?
A: Nope, nothing like that ever crossed
my mind. I was completely fearless the whole time!
Q: George, do you know about how many
episodes there is in this season before we get to find out
how much gold you find or didn’t find?
A: Samara Sims,
publicist, interjected here: Well, for that question,
Justin, I believe viewers are just going to have to tune in
to watch and wait and see
as the season plays out on the Discovery Channel.
Q: How many divers does it take to make
this journey happen? How many were on your boat this season?
A: I had 2 divers on this season to
help make this whole thing happen, but four different divers
all together... only two divers on the boat at one time,
Q: What safety guidelines go into play,
making sure that the divers and the camera guy. as well as
safety in general are put into place to ensure the safety of
everyone while on the boat and while diving in the Bering
Let me tell you, the number one safety thing, Justin,
is knowing the weather.
What the weather is going to do so you don’t get
stuck out in a storm. That
would be the number one safety thing. The number two thing
would be keeping all the pumps and equipment in top running
condition. The most important thing is to know your
surroundings and to be very aware that you’re not getting
your umbilicle cord wrapped around any of the other hoses,
or the anchor line - that would be high on the safety list.
Also, you need air to be down there, so just being alert and
communicating with your crew is very important.
Q: What are your plans to do with the
money that you get from the bottom of the sea? Did you and
your brother at any point while filming the show or just in
general -- did you guys talk about what you wanted to buy or
A: (Laughs) There is no money!
It's all gone. The plan was to buy the Gold Dredge
from my brother, and that takes more than one season to
achieve. So, nope, it’s all gone !! (Laughs more)
Q: What do you do for fun when you're
not diving for gold at the bottom of the Bering Sea?
A: Well, right now
I am on the Aspen
ski racing team.
I love to sit ski. it's extreme sit-skiing, pretty
dangerous. You’re at the edge of your seat at all
times - it's amazing. I also like to snowmobile a lot, I am
not just on the back roads, like back east. I am in the
mountains. I am just all over the place, truthfully. I am
just an adrenaline junkie, as much as possible. I just love
adventure, and I love the outdoors. I love everything about
How long does this whole process take from start to
finish? How long are you out on the sea filming the show?
A: Well, its only from June-October
that we are out on the sea. I mean, the weather kind of
dictates whether or not and how long or what we are going to
do. But really, that is the season for diving for gold,
simply because that is when the water freezes over. I mean,
we have wrapped the show other than talking with you,
Justin. We are done filming.
Q: George ,Is there anything you would
like to say that I haven’t already asked, or to add about
the show? Is there anything you're excited about that I
haven’t asked you or that you would like to say.!
A: Um, well, yes. I wanted to say that when people watch
the show. the thought that getting gold from the bottom of
the sea is simple, is incorrect. It's a very difficult thing
to do, not only physically, but mentally. I don’t believe it
is for everybody, but it is an awesome adventure if you’re
up for it.
UPDATE: The premiere was moved to February 1st!
DISCOVERY’S HIT SERIES ‘BERING SEA
GOLD’ RETURNS for NEW SEASON with CREWS SEARCHING FOR GOLD
ON NEW GROUND
Wednesday, January 18, at
10 PM ET/PT on the Discovery
(Los Angeles) – For the past century, the shores and
waterways of Nome, Alaska have been a beacon to hard working
dreamers. Fortunes have been won and lost for the miners
seeking the golden riches of the Bering
Sea. Now, after years of mining, the easy gold is long gone
and dependable ground is starting to run dry. Those still
willing to seek gold in Nome are increasingly driven to the
extreme, having to go deeper into the
Bering Sea and risk more than ever before to claim
it. It’s a big gamble – and where ingenuity and nerves of
steel could bring huge fortune. From Original Productions,
creators of the multiple Emmy Award-winning series DEADLIEST
CATCH, the new season of BERING
SEA GOLD premieres
Wednesday, January 18, at
10 PM ET/PT on the Discovery
This season, Shawn Pomrenke struggles to hold together his
family’s flourishing mining empire. Staking their future on
10,000 acres of property thought to contain a
quarter-billion dollars in gold, closing the deal requires a
$3 million down payment. To finance the transaction, Shawn
returns to the Bluff, a remote location 100 miles east of
Nome. With the family’s future and his reputation on the
line, Shawn needs a big payout. Anything less and the entire
empire could come tumbling down.
Meanwhile, Zeke Tenhoff continues his alliance with former
flame Emily Riedel. The pair heads 26 miles off shore to
Sledge Island, a mysterious, deserted, volcanic formation
fabled to have mounds of gold in its unexplored waters. If
the duo can make it across the open ocean in their tiny
dredge and manage to find gold
, they’ll be at the top
of Nome’s new gold game.
After five years of scheming and scamming, most of Nome
harbors a severe distrust of the Kelly family, making it
difficult for them to get access to good mining ground.
This season, Kris has been elevated to captain, with the
hope of turning things around, pulling his family’s finances
– and reputation – out of the gutter. This summer, he'll
make sure everything works, including his dad and brother
but with bridges burned, options are running out for the
Kellys. If Kris can’t learn to overcome the odds by
legitimate means, it could sink his mining ambitions for
Nome newcomer – George Young –hopes to create his own gold
mining enterprise and get out from under his older brother’s
shadow. An avid outdoorsman, diver, sport shooter, skier and
passionate adventurer, George is clearly undeterred by the
pick-up truck accident that left him paralyzed from the
waist down. In debt from buying and outfitting the dredge,
he sets his sights high from deep in the hole. Like so many
before him, George thinks he has what it takes to hit a
golden payday. He just hopes that unlike all those others,
BERING SEA GOLD
is produced for Discovery Channel by Original Productions, a
Fremantle Media company. For Original Productions,
Executive Producers are Thom Beers, Philip D. Segal, Sarah
Whalen, Jeff Meredith and Co-executive producer is Dave
Freed. For Discovery Channel, Executive Producer is John
Slaughter and Coordinating Producer is Brian Peterson.
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To learn more, go to
www.discovery.com, on Facebook at Facebook.com/discovery
and on Twitter @Discovery and be sure to check out old
seasons of BERING SEA GOLD on
Discovery GO at DiscoveryGO.com
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