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Greenlit: The Lost Treasure Hunters, Animal Planet

Lost Treasure Hunters – An elite team of leading prospectors, gemologists and miners set off on an adrenaline-fueled adventure as they head to an ancient Indian city believed to have been the source of some of the world’s most valuable diamonds, including the Hope diamond and the Koh-i-nor. Now, the city’s mines are about to be submerged under the waters of a newly constructed dam.

Joining forces, these treasure hunters share a common mission: unearth the ancient diamond mines of India’s Golconda region. But they must defy a myriad of obstacles, including extreme weather, treacherous locations on land and in water, venomous snakes, crocodiles and language barriers. In addition, they face a culture that’s rife with superstition and an unshakeable belief that anyone who attempts to upset the Golconda region will be cursed.

Legend has it that the diamond mines of Golconda dried up 250 years ago, but leader Sam Speerstra believes there are still riches to be found. Acquiring ancient maps to help guide his mission, he has been searching for these gems all his life. The impending construction of a dam will soon erase the mines from the Indian landscape. So Speerstra knows this is his last opportunity to unearth the treasures before they are submerged forever. Speerstra calls upon a cadre of respected colleagues who bring unique experiences and special skills to the hunt. The all-star team includes the following:

  • Sam Speerstra – “Leader” -As the leader of the expedition, extreme prospector Speerstra has dedicated nearly his whole life to finding lost treasures and has spent the last 14 years searching for the lost diamond mines of Golconda. Speerstra believes this is the most important mission of his life.
  • Dave McCracken – “Underwater Miner” -McCracken, a former Navy Seal, is one of the best underwater miners around. Speersta has known McCracken for 30-some years and is convinced he could be the key to locating underwater diamonds that were never accessible before.
  • Rob Towner — “Engineer/Mechanic” – Towner is a modern-day MacGyver who knows everything there is to know about mining machinery. He has worked in India before, so he knows the lay of the land and is no stranger to the challenges set before him.
  • Dr. Steve Newbery – “Geologist” – Newbery has an extraordinary grasp of geology and the latest technology that can help pinpoint the source of the diamonds.
  • Susanna Girolamo – “The Apprentice” – This is Girolamo’s first major expedition with Speerstra, but her proficiency for languages, experience with third-world medical missions and her logistical skills serve her well as translator, medic and logistics coordinator.

Channel: Animal Planet

Producer: Ping Pong Productions

TX: 24th August 2012

Source: Animal Planet press release

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