‘Gold Rush: White Water’ Season 3 Episode 9 promo reveals more faulty equipment and safety woes for Fred Hurt

Just like episode 8, they again seem to encounter problems with their winch system. Problems big enough for crewmember Paul Richardson to proclaim, “We are kinda dead in the water right now.” It doesn’t end there. ‘Dakota’ Fred, in one of his dives, encounters a problem with his breathing tube


                            ‘Gold Rush: White Water’ Season 3 Episode 9 promo reveals more faulty equipment and safety woes for Fred Hurt
'Dakota' Fred Hurt in 'Gold Rush: White Water' (The Discovery Channel)

While episode 8 of the Discovery Channel docu-series ‘Gold Rush: White Water’ Season 3 saw Dustin Hurt and his crew discover a bigger pocket of gold than they could have ever imagined, things weren’t as good for his 76-year-old father and his crew.

In ‘Dakota’ Fred Hurt’s camp at “Two Fish”, tensions increased between the old man and his step-daughter Kayla Sheets over how to run things. A man of little patience, ‘Dakota’ Fred was unreasonably curt with Kayla that led to some bickering.

The episode also saw ‘Dakota’ Fred’s gear getting caught under the enormous pressure of the waterfall. Will things get better in the coming episode? In the promo for episode 9, we see more equipment snags for the latter’s crew.

Just like episode 8, they again seem to encounter problems with their winch system. Problems big enough for crewmember Paul Richardson to proclaim, “We are kinda dead in the water right now.”

It doesn’t end there. ‘Dakota’ Fred, in one of his dives, encounters a problem with his breathing tube. He says, “I’m out of air,” that leads his crew to frantically try and bring him up.

The harsh climate of the Alaskan Chilkat Range, combined with the current of the eponymous white waters makes for a deadly combination already. But once you add a wild old man and faulty equipment to the mix, things could get not just unpredictable but potentially fatal.

A quarter of a mile upstream at Dustin’s spot “Rainbow’s End” their luck seems to be as abundant as the greenery in the far-away state. We see crewmembers James Hamm, Carlos Minor, Wess Richardson and their troupe leader Dustin show off an enviable amount of gold they have collected.

Almost half a mason jar’s worth. It seems like Dustin has managed to cross all hurdles and his determination is now paying off big time. The same can’t be said for his father ‘Dakota’ Fred, who even with some amount of luck, is nowhere close to how much Dustin has achieved this season.

With only one month before the frost settles in and puts a stopper to their efforts, ‘Dakota’ Fred has to strike the motherlode. But all this pressure is only sure to add more to the grumpiness of the man whose crew has almost reached breaking points in the past few weeks. One way or the other, the 76-year-old adventurer has a lot riding on him.

‘Gold Rush: White Water’ Season 3 airs on the Discovery Channel every Friday, 10 p.m. ET.

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