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Shipwreck Men

Shipwreck Men

Photo Credit:  Discovery Channel
  • Premiered: 
    January 14, 2013
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  • Network: Discovery
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Workplace
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Plot Synopsis

SHIPWRECK MEN is a reality series that follows four, Florida-based, marine-towing operations, as these salvage companies scan the waters day and night to save sinking vessels, rescue boats from dangerous storms, or fight massive fires. While their intentions are good, it doesn't mean it isn't a cutthroat business. With a fortune to be made, the competition is intense. The first crew on the scene is the one that gets the job -- and the lucrative profits. The rest of the companies get nothing and must wait for the next call in hopes of securing a job and keeping their business afloat. This 60-minute series features four different salvage operations: Arnold's Towing, which was built from the ground up by fifth generation Key West resident Ricky Arnold Sr., who is an unapologetic man doing things his own way, even if that means all-out fights with his sons, RJ and Shane; Atlantis Marine Towing & Salvage, run by salvage pioneer Stu Korpela, who is one of the most accomplished and feared independent salvage businesses around and who makes his boat his family's home, giving him a huge advantage in a business where timing is everything; Downrite Marine Towing, operated by Ft.Lauderdale's Ryan Sewell, who, after a short stint as a firefighter, has taken his company from a one-boat operation to one of the top independent salvagers in southern Florida; and Fast Response Marine Towing, run by 28-year-old Chuck Hansen, who runs one of the newer salvage companies in Miami Beach and is willing to just about any job he can to keep the business alive, even if that means sleeping by his radio at night.

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by The Studio, aka Discovery Studios (as Discovery Studios)