Wednesday, March 18, 2009


From our friends, the Fisher family, Miss Vero received an email about the new show "Atocha Adventure" which will air tonight at 10pm on TruTV. We believe that's the new name for what used to be called Court TV and on our Comcast cable in Vero, that's channel 54. Here's the press release:

Key West, FL (PRWEB) March 9, 2009 -- After months of editing the TruTV reality show, “Atocha Adventure”, featuring Mel Fisher’s Treasures crews working the world famous Atocha wreck site and our joint-venture partners, Blue Water Ventures working on the Margarita wreck site, has been scheduled to air Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at 10pm EST.

A film crew working for Al Roker Productions based in New York City, spent time in Key West this past September filming the dive crews of the Atocha/Margarita Expedition. Mel Fisher’s Treasures operates the expedition, which focuses on the recovery of the remaining fortune in gold, silver and emeralds from the worlds most famous historic shipwreck the Nuestra Senora de Atocha. Our joint-venture partners Blue Water Ventures are focused on the recovery of the Santa Margarita’s treasures.

Both the Atocha and her sister ship the Santa Margarita sank in 1622 in a hurricane off the coast of Key West, Florida. The ships took down with them hundreds of millions of dollars worth of historical artifacts, gold silver and emeralds. To date the items recovered from the wrecks are valued at nearly half a billion dollars. According to the manifests of these ships which detail the items that were on board at the time they met their fate, there is still at least another half a billion dollars in artifacts yet to be found.

For a month the film crew made daily trips out to the Atocha and Margarita shipwreck sites, which are situated approximately 35 miles off the coast of Key West. Cameras were on board Mel Fisher’s Treasures vessel, J.B. Magruder Captained by Andy Matroci as well as The Blue Water Rose, Captained by Dan Porter.

Cameramen captured the operation with topside footage and interviews with the Captains, crewmembers and key people involved in the expedition. Daily underwater footage is also utilized allowing viewers to see how the experts systematically search each excavation zone.

Producer Christopher Tetens headed Al Roker’s crew. “We want to show how they do it, and who these guys are,” Tetens said. “There’s always that thought that there’s going to be treasure in the very next hole.” By spending each day at the site, including a few overnight trips Al Roker’s team was able to capture some rather significant historical finds including a million dollar artifact.

Essentially the show will depict the responsibilities and dangers of working on a large salvage vessel so far off shore and will allow the viewer to get to know the crewmembers on a personal level and understand the dedication that is required in the recovery of the Atocha and Margarita shipwrecks.

Mel Fisher’s Treasures is an industry leader in historical shipwreck recovery currently focusing on the excavation of the Nuestra Senora de Atocha and Santa Margarita wreck sites.

Green acres will return next Wednesday kids!

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