02/13/2012 02:47 am ET | Updated Apr 13, 2012

'Bering Sea Gold': Emily Trapped Under The Sea, Arm Stuck In A Vacuum Hose (VIDEO)

The gold hunters of "Bering Sea Gold" (Fri., 10 p.m. EST on Discovery) use high-powered vacuums on the bottom of the sea in their work to try and find gold there. But as with any equipment underwater, working with them can be dangerous. Emily, the newest member of the team, who's trying to make money to pay for school, got a scare that had her questioning if the potential payoff was worth the risk.

While underwater with the hose, she got her arm sucked into it. For a few minutes, she was unable to battle the suction and free herself, leaving her with a growing sense of panic until she finally wrenched it free. But the momentary terror wasn't so easy to shake, as she was tearful and distraught afterward.

"Maybe I'm thinking it's too dangerous for me to be down there," she reflected. I'm wondering whether I'm suited for gold dredging. You know, sometimes in life there are just more important things."

But it proved simply a momentary scare, and an important lesson about the seriousness of the work she's chosen to undertake. Emily determined to stick with it and likely won't have a similar lapse of concentration. There's nothing like a harrowing experience to give razor-sharp focus.

Catch "Bering Sea Gold" on Fridays at 10 p.m. EST on Discovery.

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