Hank Schimschat and his crew are miners who work off the coast of Alaska. Usually, they dredge the Bering Sea looking for gold. However, in the summer of 2017, the seamen discovered something even more precious than the valuable yellow metal.
The Au Grabber is an 80-foot long dredge boat based out of Nome in Alaska. The vessel was bought for $600,000 by miner Hank Schimschat, who has decades of experience in the excavating business. However, in order to get a return on his investment, Schimschat was willing to go the extra mile to get his hands on some gold.
The captain and the exploits of the Au Grabber are the subjects of the Discovery Channel series Bering Sea Gold. The show follows a number of dredgers in their quest for gold and highlights the everyday trials and tribulations of the vessels’ crews. The series has proved popular among viewers, but in 2017 the Au Grabber experienced one of its most interesting plot twists to date. And it all happened off-screen.