The Curse of Oak Island S02, Ep09 – A Dangerous Dive

Show: The Curse of Oak Island
Season: 2
Episode: 9
Title: A Dangerous Dive
Original Air Date: January 7, 2015

Guest Stars:
Rick Lagina
Marty Lagina
Dan Blankenship
David Blankenship
Craig Tester
Jack Begley
Alex Lagina
Dan Henskee
Charles Barkhouse
Robert Clotworthy

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Synopsis: Rick is going down 10X to do more debris removal. He removes a section of ladder but did not anticipate just how heavy it would be. It’s beating him up a bit. They head to the war room to conference call with Marty and Craig. The stump from the swamp carbon dates to between 1450 and 1640. To Marty it indicates the swamp was man-made. The wood dates 1665 to 1900. So it could be a treasure vault or the remains of a previous treasure hunting shaft. Hutton has returned to the island. They are checking out the diving platform at 10X. Hutton leads an additional build out on the platform. A previous dive that nearly killed a diver is discussed. He went all the way to 235 feet and stayed down there for 15 or 20 minutes. He ascended all at once instead of taking it slow to decompress and wound up in a decompression chamber four times. They meet in the war room with the team, Hutton and the diver. They discuss a collapse that nearly killed Dan. Hutton’s plan is to use sonar to 100% map 10X. It’s dive day. The team takes no chances and has an ambulance right there if something goes wrong. The divers will be lowered into the shaft via a metal bucket on a boom truck. There is also a backup safety diver to be an extra set of eyes to monitor everything. The sonar team arrives. The sonar is dropped in and they get their first look at 10X. They are told there is four feet of debris on top of the 27″ shaft at the bottom. Hutton decides to have the divers go down and get eyes on the debris to see if it can be removed. The first diver is lowered in. They are using a connected com system. So they won’t know if the coms are working correctly until both divers are in the water. There was lot of trouble negotiating the cage for Frog the first diver. Rick will go down in the basket with Cathy, the second diver. He knows the shaft so he can get it negotiated quicker. In order for Cathy to get out of the cage the basket has to be submerged. Rick is in 40 degree water up to his neck. Rick is safely pulled out. The coms are sent down, connected and activated. The divers are ready.

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