Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Discovery Channel Hunts for Lost Fortunes on Treasure Quest: Snake Island
In 1524, Portuguese conquistador Aleixo Garcia led an expedition through the uncharted jungles of Brazil to search for Incan gold. Allied with thousands of warriors from the Guaraní people, they attacked and pillaged Incan settlements and reportedly amassed a vast fortune. But greed took hold of Garcia’s allies, and the Guaraní warriors killed Garcia and his men to claim the treasure for themselves. The Incan gold reportedly made its way to the coast, where legend has it that the locals hid the fortune in the most daunting and secure place they know of: Snake Island, located off the south eastern coast of Brazil.
Over the last 500 years, everyone who has attempted to look for the missing treasure -- hundreds of millions of dollars-worth of lost Incan gold, and now known as The Treasure of the Trinity -- failed. But hopefully, not this time around.
TREASURE QUEST: SNAKE ISLAND, an all-new series premiering September 21, 10 PM, on the Discovery Channel, will take viewers along a grand expedition with an elite team of treasure hunters who have a new theory on where Snake Island lies - a remote location home to around a thousand of deadly vipers, and known as the Bermuda Triangle of Brazil.
"The Treasure of the Trinity is one of those legends that when you hear it, gets under your skin and you just can't let go. I put together a team of the best treasure hunters out there in the world. And we are going to go out and get it," said Cork Graham, the team's expedition leader. Graham has dedicated his life to searching for lost treasure. At the age of 18, he participated in a covert search for Captain Kidd's treasure off the coast of Vietnam but was captured and accused of being a spy. He is now focused on the Treasure of the Trinity and determined that it will not escape his grasp.
Discovery Channel zooms in on the real-life treasure seekers who set out for two months with their eyes on the ultimate prize. Joining Graham on his quest are Mehgan Heaney-Grier, Expedition Dive Master; Jeremy Whalen, the Ship's Mechanic; Bryan Fry, a Herpetologist and the team’s reptile expert and Keith "Cappy" Plaskett, the Boat Captain who will navigate them through treacherous waters and brutal storms that unexpectedly form without warning, testing the limits of his sailing skills.
This elite team of treasure hunters will need both brawn and brain as they solve the same complex mathematical clues and puzzles protecting the treasure that have thwarted countless explorers before them. And beyond all these challenges, Graham and his team will need undaunted nerves as they make their way through one of the most deadly places in the world where one careless step could cost everyone not just incredible riches but, ultimately, their lives.
With these challenges underway, can they survive the quest? Find out on Treasure Quest, premiering September 21, airing Mondays, 10 pm, on Discovery Channel.