The Curse of Oak Island Premiers TONIGHT at 9/8c on
The History Channel
Rick and Marty Lagina work to fulfill a life-long dream as they embark on the most exciting chapter ever of the now 220-year-old Oak Island mystery.
After making major discoveries in borehole 10-X and the infamous Money Pit last year, the brothers and their partners will use today’s most advanced technology, as well as heavy digging and drilling equipment to go deep inside the island. They welcome new researchers and special guests, forge new alliances and explore new, intriguing theories. Nothing will stop them from finding out what could be buried on Oak Island, who concealed it there and where “X” marks the spot.
This year also holds several extraordinary milestones for the Oak Island team. It’s been 50 years since an article about the Money Pit appeared in Reader’s Digest, which not only sparked the imaginations of the young Lagina brothers, but also compelled Dan Blankenship to devote his life to solving this great mystery. It is also the 50th anniversary of the Restall tragedy, which claimed four of the six lives lost in search of the Oak Island treasure.
Will Rick, Marty and their partners unearth a vast, hidden treasure? Or like the many who have come before them, will they only find more obstacles–or worse—proof that a deadly curse really does protect Oak Island’s secrets?
Meet The Team
Rick is a retired U.S. postal worker from Northern Michigan who has dreamed of solving the Oak Island mystery since he first read about it in the January 1965 issue of Reader’s Digest at the age of 11.
Rick is the kind of guy who sees the world in black and white; honor is everything, and when you believe in something, you never give up. As he puts it: “Once in, forever in!” His faith that someone went to great efforts to hide something of incredible value centuries ago on Oak Island has only been strengthened by the many incredible clues he, his brother, Marty and their team have discovered since they took over the treasure hunt in 2006.
Marty is Rick’s younger brother and has shared the dream of solving the Oak Island mystery with him since their adventurous childhood in Northern Michigan. However, as an engineer who owns his own energy business, and being a man of hard science, he’s actually somewhat skeptical that anything was ever really buried on the island.
Although he is intrigued by the compelling clues that he, Rick and their partners have found since they first began “The Fellowship of the Dig” over a decade ago, Marty remains on the hunt for irrefutable proof that major works were done on the island prior to the discovery of the Money Pit in 1795.
Craig is Marty’s former college roommate and now his partner in their energy business. He is an engineer and an expert with drilling and resistivity (earth scans) and has been instrumental in researching, locating and planning new dig operations on Oak Island. Don’t let his calm, cool and collected demeanor fool you. With a wrestling background, he’s not one to mess with.
Dan is Rick and Marty’s partner and is the man who knows the most about Oak Island’s legends and its tightly guarded secrets. He’s spent the last 49 years and an untold fortune searching, drilling and digging. Dan read the same 1965 Reader’s Digest as Rick and, shortly thereafter, uprooted himself and his wife from their life in Florida to get in on the treasure hunt. To this day, he’s never given up. “It is way too late [to turn back],” says Dan. “It’s been too late for a good many years. I had a good contracting business in Florida. I had friends, a good reputation and I shucked it all to come up here and make a gamble.” Now at age 91, he hopes that with Rick, Marty and their team, his gamble will finally pay off.
David is the son of legendary treasure hunter Dan Blankenship and also a longtime resident of Oak Island. A serious workplace accident almost 30 years ago has caused him to have limited mobility, but he’s never let it slow him down. He can take on anyone half his age and often does.
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