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Sea Hunt It's Still Alive - 60 Feet Below

From Audio: Scuba Shack Radio #11 – 8-4-19

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The first ever televised episode of Sea Hunt from January 1958. We are introduced to Mike Nelson and his work. This time rescuing a pilot from a sunken fighter jet - 60 feet below.
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The first ever televised episode of Sea Hunt from January 1958. We are introduced to Mike Nelson and his work. This time rescuing a pilot from a sunken fighter jet - 60 feet below.
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Yeah. Yeah. It's time for another installment of Sea Hunt. It's still alive Today. I'm going back to the beginning of the series, the premiere episode and that aired on January 4, 1958. The episode was titled 60ft below interestingly. It was the second of two pilot episodes uh that were produced to sell the show to the networks, but it was the first one to air. The other pilot episode aired on February 1, 1958 were the 4th episode of Sea Hunt 60 ft below. Starts out with Mike nelson working at Marine Land of the pacific, his diving in a tank using that iconic Jack Brown dive mask, which he puts on at the start of every show. And his job in this first episode was to force feed a blue shark that was not eating well while he's diving in the tank. He feels a vibration that turns out to be a sonic boom from an experimental navy jet. Well then these shifts the scenes of the jet flying and doing some of the tests and it's having a little bit of difficulty and when it can't come out of a dive, it lands in the water and sinks in 60 ft of water. Well, the Navy wants their job jet back so they want to get a boat out there uh to salvage the the jet but it's gonna take a while for it to get out there. But the captain of the boat says that they don't have much time because the weather is going to blow blow up really quickly and they need to get a marker on on the jet before the weather picks up. So they're talking back to the base and there's the supervisor back there who says there's only one man who can do this and he says, get me mike nelson. And the other guy says who's Mike nelson. Well that's where we learned that Mike is an ex navy frogman. Well, the next scene mike as he load out to the, to the boat that's on station and he brings his dive gear with him, they call it, he's bringing a couple of lungs with him. Uh He gets to the boat, he gears up, touched this big second knife into his dive belt, dives down and he finds that plane while while he's on putting the marker on the plane, everyone up to this point thinks that the pilot didn't survive but he's not dead. The pilot is in their breathing his 02 in the cockpit. Uh it's watertight, so he's still in there and Mike asked him on how much oxygen he has left and the pilot says he has uh 15 minutes left. Um So Mike sends a slate up saying pilots alive, 15 minutes. Oh too. But what they want to now try to bring the plane up. So the first thing they do is they try to winch it up and they have this really little wench on the boat and you're like, well how is that going to work and you see the wench burnout or seize up. So the next thing they do is they send an ax down and you see mike trying to smash the canopy. Well that doesn't work either interestingly. They had this underwater telephone and I'm not exactly sure how that would that work, but it might do a little research on that. So the last thing they're going to try now is to cut a hole in the fuselage of the jet that will then allow them to release the canopy. Um Mike gets that job done just as the water was flooding the cockpit and he hands the pilot his other lung. Uh, so the pilot can breathe. And while he's getting the pilot out of the cockpit, he grabs a monitoring camera from the jet, which they think that the navy might want along with a pair of baby shoes that were in there. Um, and he gets the pilot to the surface. Um, the only uh injury to the pilot is a broken ear drum. Uh, and the pilot survives. Now the show was directed by Felix Feist and the technical die advice on deep diving was by Perry Bivens. And Courtney Brown interestingly. Perry Bivens is also credited in the cast and he's also married to Zale Perry, who we know uh did a lot of the diving in subsequent episodes of see hon also there's uh an actor called named Whit Bissell. You'd recognize him and there's also an actor peter leads, you'd also recognize him. So that's a recap of the first ever episode of Sea Hunt, and we'll be doing more in the future on installments of Sea Hunt, It's still Alive.
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