It looks like the Lagina brothers finally found the diver who could get the job done in 10X: John Chatterton. Chatterton, a world-renowned diver, never wavered from his claim that getting to the bottom was just a matter of having the right skill, equipment, team and plan to do so, and never projected anything but confidence in the plausibility of the Laginas request. And, last night, he proved that he was right.
The Laginas had sent two previous divers into 10X, both of expeditions ending as failures. Most recently, professional diver Harvey Morash was sent into the murky hole, all full of bluster and pomp. But, in the end, it was all talk, full of mistakes and problems from the start. And, Morash, for all of his claims that he could do the job, seemed ill-prepared for what he faced, including the fact that the visibility was essentially zero and it was dark–he really seemed surprised about it. When the dive was called with nothing new discovered, it was no shock. After surfacing, Morash cast doubt on whether or not a successful 10X scuba dive was even possible.
Even earlier, the Laginas hired a professional salvage diver, Brad Stabenow. But, that dive never actually got off the ground. Turned out, Stabenow did not like the information the brothers collected remotely regarding the drill pipe stuck in the shaft, and backed out of the dive, citing that, with his years of experience as a diver in such situations, he believed any caverns underneath 10X were natural, making a dive into the shaft too risky given the lack of potential reward. “I wouldn’t put anybody in the water here,” he stated flatly to the Laginas, making them wonder at the time if they should ever give the dive a try again.
Last night, after a few tense moments when his gear got hung up on the drill bar, Chatterton did make it to the bottom of the 10X shaft. What is at the bottom? That remains to be seen–after all, next week is the Season Finale of THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND.
Elsewhere on the island, Rick and team did find what appeared to be a 21-foot void in an area that could be the true Money Pit. They did not find the gold coin Rick was hoping would come up in the overburden, but they did find an oddly-shaped piece of metal that was only identified as not being iron. Hopefully, the Laginas will return to this new information next week, although fans should be accustomed to the haphazard nature of the Laginas’ searching by now, so who knows?
Next week, tune in for the Season Finale of THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND!
THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND airs on History Channel on Tuesday nights at 9/8c.
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