‘Gold Rush’: Experienced Diver Faced Rapids and Boiling Water During Gold Search Mishap

by Amy Myers

The cast of Gold Rush is willing to do just about whatever it takes to find their next stash of metal. Many times, that means taking both financial and physical risks to secure a promising location. As a result, crew members will often come home with bumps and bruises, but every once in a while, they suffer an injury that reminds them just how dangerous their job truly is.

During a past episode of Gold Rush, Fred Hurt and his son Justin created a water heater system to help diver Carlos Minor be able to vacuum gold-riddled dirt from Alaskan waters without risking hypothermia. Previously in the season, another diver nearly suffered this exact frigid fate and had to abandon the mission early. Thinking this would help protect Minor from the freezing waters, the two created the homemade heating system around the exhaust pipe of the vacuum. The system would pump in cold water that would then heat as it rose around the exhaust pipe. Upon entering the diver’s suit, the boiling water would mix again with a cool stream, creating the ideal, not-too-hot temperature.

At first, the job was going swimmingly. Minor excitedly sifted through the rocks below the icy water’s surface and found dozens of nuggets of gold. Then the hose connected to his suit kinked, and the rest went downhill fast.

Watch what happens next in the video below.

‘Gold Rush’ Crew Struggles to Turn off Water to Diver’s Suit

More often than not, accidents on Gold Rush occur because of human error. Whether a result of a lack of experience or just plain carelessness, the stars of the intense series know that no matter the reason, mistakes cost money and lives. Still, the mine bosses have to learn to balance the risks with the rewards to secure the crew’s paychecks. In this case, Fred and Justin tipped the scales too far in one direction.

As Minor notified fellow crew members of his quickly dropping body temperature, he rose from the water so that the crew could inspect his suit. Sure enough, his line providing the hot water wasn’t working. Once fixed, the Gold Rush diver was ready to get back under the rapids, until, suddenly, the water in his suit became uncomfortably warm.

Then hot.

Then boiling.

At first, fellow crew members giggled as Minor rushed back into the water to balance out the hot water flowing around his body. Then they realized just how severe the situation was. Minor was now receiving too much hot water and not enough coolant to balance the boiling temperature. The crew had turned the valve too high.

“Shut it down, shut it down,” someone called while trying to disconnect the hose from Minor’s suit. Covered in burns and exhausted from the pain, the Gold Rush diver collapsed into the cold water.