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By Justin

George Young 

Interview with George Young of "Bering Sea Gold" on Discovery 12/22/16

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 10pm ET/PT.

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"!

Q:  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?

 A: Well, I am all about adventures; it's everything that I do. I was in-between jobs at the time, really not doing anything.  My 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 did it.

Q:  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, including myself.

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 Sea?

A:  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 invest in?

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 it.

Q:  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!


Premieres Wednesday, January 18, at 10 PM ET/PT on the Discovery Channel

(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 Channel

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 good.

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, he’s right. 

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. “Like” BERING SEA GOLD on Facebook at and follow the series on Twitter @BeringSeaGold. To learn more, go to, on Facebook at and on Twitter @Discovery and be sure to check out old seasons of BERING SEA GOLD on Discovery GO at

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