Saturday, December 22, 2012

Treasure hunters: Bitterroot man travels to India in search of lost diamond mine


Treasure hunters: Bitterroot man travels to India in search of lost diamond mine



Towner spent six weeks with his friend, Sam Speerstra, in the world’s second-most populous nation last winter, filming a Discovery Channel show called “Lost Treasure Hunters,” which is set to premier this Sunday night at 11 p.m. on the Animal Planet channel.
When he wasn’t dealing with deadly vipers and cobras or watching his Indian crew members sacrifice a goat to appease the angry river gods,  Dave Mccracken and I were vacuuming diamonds off the bottom of the Krishna River, one of the longest rivers in central-southern India.
The show is marketed as an action-packed documentary about a team of highly skilled extreme prospectors attempting to rediscover the long-lost source of the great diamonds of Golconda, India.
“It was high adventure,” he said.
You can see it all this Sunday night at 11 p.m. on Animal Planet.
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Rob Towner
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