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Sea Hunt It's Still Alive - Cave Diving with Mike Nelson

From Audio: 43. PADI Rescue Diver, Chasing Coral and Sea Hunt – It’s Still Alive goes Cave Diving

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It's time for another installment of Sea Hunt. It's still alive, and today we're going back to Season two Episode 21 for Cave Diving. Cave Diving premiered on May 24th 1959. In this episode, Mike is working with a geologist, George Bryant, who is searching for uranium in underwater Cave. George has been doing his diving with his wife, Susie, up until now, but needs Mike help to explore further and do more work. They're diving off the boat Olympia with its captain pops. Mike and George hop in and swim down with their watertight Geiger counters. Mike is in doubles, and George is in a single tank. As they approached the cave, they put the ear pieces from the Geiger counter into their ear, and they take out the probe. Mike says the Geiger counters chattering like magpies. All of a sudden, things start to shake. Mike is spinning around Georges at the cave entrance. It's an underwater landslide. When all the turbulence is over, there's a huge rock blocking the entrance to the cave, and George is trapped inside under a pile of rocks. Mike shines his lightning and George signals back. Mike can't budge the rocks, so he heads back to the surface. He says he has less than an hour before Susie becomes a widow, Mike tells Pops he needs to ship to shore radio to call the pier, and they need to bring out some big hooks to pull away the rocks. He's talking really fast. George only has 46 minutes left. Now he tells Pops that it's really bad. Now they're desperately scanning the surface for the help from the pier. The boat rounds the point and gets there within 14 minutes. Suzy is on board in her scuba gear, ready to help. George is down to 30 minutes. Susie insists on helping Mike, despite his objections. Now Mike and Susie make it to the cave's entrance and struggle to get the anchors attached to the large rock. Finally, they get them in place, and Mike sends up a flare for the boat to pull the rockaway. The boat strains when suddenly the anchors breakaway failure. Suzy is desperate trying to get into the cave. Mike is trying to calm her down, and he says he has to be rough with her. In the commotion, Susie's air hose gets fouled, and they have to Buddy breathe to the surface. Susie climbs on board. The hooks won't work. She's crying. Pops is trying to comfort her. What will might do now, Here's where things really get interesting. Well, might just happens to have some dynamite onboard, just in case, you know, Pop says. That's kind of risky. Mike says there's no other option, but Pops was in the CBS in World War two and says they used gophers to carry a line through a pipe, so they concoct the plan to use a fish to thread the line around the rock. Well, it just so happens there's a barrel on deck with a live fish. Mike takes out the fish and ties a line around its tail and heads back down to the cave with the fish and a speargun. He checks to see if George is still alive, looks at his watch. Time is running out. He lets the fish go into the cave, ties the fishing line to the heavier line and tries the lower the fish back with his light like tries to grab the fish. It's too fast. Time for the speargun. He's got one shot takes dead aim and our hero fishes a garner. My calls in the fish pulls the line through and now has the heaving line around the rock ties. The bowline shoots a flair to the surface, and the boat cranks up its engine. Finally, the rock is pulled from the entrance. Mike rushes in Freeze George and brings them to the surface. Mike yells out, I got him! And Pop lets out a big Yahoo back on the boat. George and Susie, a reunited Mike is lounging. Now they say Georgia's leg will be okay. They're talking about the fish that saved George. Suzy says that would fish was Mike Nelson. As the episodes ends, they're talking about Pops idea from when he was in the Navy on Pops. Final line is, I wasn't in the Navy. I was in the CBS. I wonder what my CB friends would think of that. Now You might recognize George if you're of a certain age. That would be Herbert Anderson. Better identified as Dennis the Menaces Father Henry Mitchell. Well, that was certainly not what we think of when we think about cave diving. Using a fresh to thread a line around Iraq is a little out there, but if anyone can do it, it would be Mike Nelson on Sea Hunt.
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