Gold Rush star Dustin Hurt’s operations might look a bit different from the rest of the crews up in Klondike, but he seems to go through the same amount of obstacles to get to the gold. Recently, Hurt has decided to deploy two teams and two dredging operations at the same time in the same area, which, in theory, sounds like a good way to double his profits. But in practice, it’s proving to be a lot more trouble than he first thought.
On Thursday, Gold Rush released a preview of Friday’s episode in which Hurts’ team tries to move a boulder out of the way of their operation. They decided to hook up a cable to the rock, but suddenly, everything goes wrong.
Like an iPod Nano from the arm of a claw machine, the boulder slipped from the grip just as it was lifted into the air. The huge rock splashed right back into its original place, sending the cable flying.
Here’s What Most Likely Happened to the ‘Gold Rush’ Operation
Usually, during these clips, the announcer gives an elementary-level breakdown of the events and their impact on the operation. But perhaps for the sake of suspense, we’re left to draw our own conclusions.
Here’s this Gold Rush fan’s analysis.
The skylines (or suspended cables) that we see in the shots are side-by-side. These cables can perform two tasks on the gold dredging site. The first is to help remove any huge obstructions from the area. The second is to act as a lifeline for the divers. White water rapids can be incredibly strong, and if the diver becomes trapped in the current, the situation could turn deadly. By having a skyline, the team can help remove the diver from a potentially dangerous situation, so long as the winch can move freely along the line.
Since Gold Rush boss Dustin Hurt has two dredges running at once, he decided to have one diver in the water, hooked up to her own cable, while he used the other skyline to move the boulder.
When the boulder fell back into the water, it launched the hook into the air and caused the cord to wrap around the diver’s skyline, preventing the winch from moving across the cable.
Thankfully, the Gold Rush team member in the water wasn’t in any danger yet, but Hurt knew better than to take any chances with his safety equipment. So, he shut down both operations. Likely, once the diver was safely out of the water, the crews could then begin working to untangle the lines. Then, perhaps, they can readdress the slippery boulder that’s still in the way of their second dredge.
As the saying goes, one step forward, two steps back.