AsThis reality series follows an elite group of experts as they explore remote islands in the Caribbean. Alaskan wilderness in searchOf buried treasure, ‘Pirate Gold of Adak Island‘ is simply captivating. That’s because it not only offers us a glimpse inside their journey but also lays out illustrations of a few pirates as well as other treasure hunters to emphasize the dangers of the avocation. AmongstThe latter was Samuel Dee ArringtonUnfortunately, he died alone in Adak back in 2008, just to be found nearly six years later — so here’s everything we know about it.
How Did Samuel Dee Arrington Die?
At 57, NavyVeteran Samuel Dee ArringtonHad returned to his former military base to make a living off the land and search for pirates. Captain Gregory Dwargstof’s gold, but he disappeared shortly after. ItHe had genuinely appeared to be planning to stay on the island for good. This is why people noticed his sudden disappearance without any trace. AccordingTo his bulletin onThe National Missing Person Directory, he was last seen alive “in the community of Adak” on July15th August 2008, only five days after you arrived from Anchorage onOne-way tickets
Samuel had spent these five days “in town purchasing camping equipment and supplies and was last seen at the trailhead to Lake Betty.” However, once the locals followed in his footsteps in an attempt to find him days later, all they discovered was “a staging area” onThe north side LakeA campsite is located to the south. “Bothbelonged to [Samuel] Arrington and appeared to be abandoned,” the bulletin specified. TheWorst of all, however, is the fact that no clues about his whereabouts have ever been found despite multiple searches over the years – that is, up to summer 2014.
Two U.S. Fish Wildlife ServiceThe employees were the ones that noticed. Samuel’s remains near the bottom of a ravine (about a mile from Lake Betty) on June18, 2014, while studying birds around the area. They contacted the necessary people, and that’s when his rubber boot, chest wader, and rain jacket-clad remains were recovered in a harsh yet essential as well as effective manner. “We didn’t have the resources for the recovery…,” now-Mayor Thom SpitlerThis is explained in the Netflix original. “ForThe recovery was made by three men. Myself and two others… that knew this part of the island.”
Thom continued, “[We] didn’t know what to expect, really. TheHe had been out there seven years, six in fact, so I thought we were going to be finding a skull. ButHe was so heavy because he was wearing neoprene pants that reached his chest that he was not touching the ground, it was hard to believe he was actually still alive. And [we realized] we weren’t gonna be able to get him out as he was. We decided that we were going to section him, and we made three sections… then pulled him up to the top of the ravine… It was rough.”
SamuelPreliminarily identified onThanks to his wallet, he was able to capture the scene. onAfter that, he was taken to a medical lab for an extensive examination. It’s unclear precisely how he landed at the bottomOf the ravine — whether he went down there on purpose hunting for the treasure or if he slipped and fell — but ‘Pirate Gold of Adak Island’ does suggest he sustained a leg injury. The 57-year-old’s official cause of death, per the reality docuseries, was hypothermia.
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