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‘Bering Sea Gold’ Newbie Kye’s Test Dive Gets Real Scary Real Fast (Exclusive Video)

“Where is he? I’m not hearing him breathe”

And you thought “Deadliest Catch” was dangerous (OK, it is). On Friday’s Season 10 premiere of Discovery’s “Bering Sea Gold,” Vernon Adkison’s new diver Kye nearly stayed down in Davey Jones’ Locker.

Watch TheWrap’s first-look sneak peek of the scary underwater moment via the video above.

WILL YOU PULL THE GUY UP ALREADY, VERNON? It’s never a good sign when the reality-show cameraman has to get involved as the voice of reason.

All’s well that ends well, we suppose. Kye made it up and was hired, we’re told. (You can’t really NOT hire the guy after that.)

With the biggest shakeup Nome has seen in over 100 years, seasoned miners and average joes alike are on the hunt for the biggest money-making claims.

There’s much more to the Season 10 description than that. Read Discovery’s super-long logline below.

Shawn Pomrenke, former “Mr. Gold,” returns with a new ally in mind — rival Dave Young of Arctic Sea Mining. Shawn’s plan? To mine the most gold ever in a single season while reconstructing the Myrtle Irene to launch on the infamous and most sought-after Tomcod claim. With even higher hopes to take over his family’s inland mine and buy out his dad Steve Pomrenke, Shawn is willing to risk it all — for a second time, in the hopes of achieving the most profitable pay streak he’s ever had.

Captain Kris Kelly has his own eyes on the prize, and surprisingly, a new mining ground. He’s taking the most ambitious chance of his mining career by leading the largest vessel he’s ever captained, where no miner has ventured before, in order to live and work off of the coast of the remote town of Elim. It’s Kris’ most unpredictable season yet as he lands himself on a new excavator dredge and dodges bullets from every direction while he chases gold…literally. Kris will also share his “exclusive” mining knowledge with viewers in “Kris Kelly’s Secret Guide to Mining” featured in each episode. 

But it’s the return of rogue mastermind Zeke Tenhoff and Emily’s mercurial father Steve Riedel that really stirs up the already tumultuous Bering Sea. Zeke focuses on creating what he thinks will be a competitive advantage — a first-of-its-kind sailboat dredge. This type of dredge will enable him to access further and deeper claims, stay overnight on the dredge, and withstand storms that would otherwise push other dredges back to the harbor. The mad scientist doesn’t return alone; he’s got a rockstar crew with him including brother Sam Tenhoff and his bassist Raven. Zeke may have taken a break from the Bering Sea, but nothing will stop him from pursuing its gold.

All the while, Steve Riedel returns ready to start from the ground up to assemble a mining rig and secure a top-notch claim of his own. He’ll do whatever it takes to make it happen. Along the way, Steve Riedel will dig into the history of the remote gold-struck town where he shares with viewers the “Weird Wild Wonderful World of Nome” in nearly every episode. As the battlefield of Nome continues to grow, Emily Riedel must pivot her strategy and plan for a new idea of success. She puts aside her plans to operate a second dredge and dives into the claim war while recruiting Nome’s top gold divers to establish her elite team.

Meanwhile, Vernon Adkison gambles all he’s got for one of the richest claims on the Bering Sea — Claim 56. With his go-to team all unavailable, he must resort to finding a brand-new crew. Desperation leads him to a possible collaboration with Steve Riedel, who Vernon has fought and fired multiple times throughout the years. The wild west of mining is back with a new gold rush right at home in Nome, Alaska. With the richest claims up for grabs, these miners are willing to risk it all for the ultimate pay off.

“Bering Sea Gold” is produced for Discovery Channel by Original Productions, a Fremantle company. For Original Productions, executive producers are Jeff Hasler, Brian Lovett, Ernie Avila, Jeff Meredith and Dave Freed. For Discovery Channel, Todd Lefkowitz is executive producer and Jessica Mollo is coordinating producer.

Season 10 of “Bering Sea Gold” premieres Friday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery Channel and on Discovery+.