Rick LaginaSee Full BioIn 1795, three teenage boys discovered a strange, man-made depression in the ground on Oak Island–a small, wooded island just off the coast of Nova Scotia. As the boys began to dig, they found a number of intriguing artifacts. It was the end of the piracy era and rumors of buried treasure were rampant. The boys’ discovery launched a treasure hunt that has spanned more than 200 years, cost millions of dollars and involved dozens of speculators, engineers and even famous personalities such as John Wayne, Errol Flynn and Franklin D. Roosevelt. It has also cost six men their lives. According to legend, a seventh must die before the mystery will be solved.
The search had gone dormant, but last year, Rick and Marty Lagina, two brothers from Michigan with a life-long interest in the mystery, renewed the efforts to discover the legendary treasure.
For them, finding the 17th century Spanish coin in Oak Island’s drained swamp near the so-called “Mercy Point” last summer was a game-changer. Now, Marty, the skeptic, has real evidence that may make his multi-million dollar investment pay off. Along with Rick, the true believer, they return this year re-energized to risk even more in search of the ultimate answers that lie beneath Oak Island. They will systematically hunt all the major areas of interest–starting with the swamp where the Spanish coin was found. They will redouble their efforts, bringing in even more of the latest technology, top experts and the most sophisticated machinery that Oak Island has ever seen. They also have their sights set on learning the entire truth behind the allegedly man-made Smith’s Cove, getting to the bottom of Dan Blankenship’s 10-X shaft, and even breaking ground in the original Money Pit.
Oak Island has beaten or bankrupted everyone who has ever tackled it, never giving up its secrets. In order for Marty and Rick to risk the millions more it will take to get to the bottom of the Money Pit, they will need to find much more than a single Spanish coin. The stakes have never been higher–and the island curse may be preparing to take its next victim.
Marty LaginaSee Full BioMarty is Rick’s younger brother and has always looked up to him. Even though he’s shared Rick’s interest in Oak Island since childhood, he’s a bit skeptical that anything was ever really buried there. He wants verifiable proof that major works were done on the island prior to the first treasure hunt in 1795 and also worries that Rick could fall victim to the obsession with the island like so many before him. Nevertheless, it is Marty who is primarily financing this adventure. He’s an engineer who has made millions in the energy business and now wants his older brother to realize his dream, too. Close
Craig TesterSee Full BioCraig is Marty’s former college roommate and now his partner in their energy business. He is an engineer and an expert with drilling and resistivity (earth scans) and has been instrumental in researching, locating and planning new dig operations on Oak Island. Don’t let his calm, cool and collected demeanor fool you. With a wrestling background, he’s not one to mess with. Close
Dan BlankenshipSee Full BioDan is Rick and Marty’s partner and is the man who knows the most about Oak Island’s legends and its tightly guarded secrets. He’s spent the last 49 years and an untold fortune searching, drilling and digging. Dan read the same 1965 Reader’s Digest as Rick and, shortly thereafter, uprooted himself and his wife from their life in Florida to get in on the treasure hunt. To this day, he’s never given up. “It is way too late [to turn back],” says Dan. “It’s been too late for a good many years. I had a good contracting business in Florida. I had friends, a good reputation and I shucked it all to come up here and make a gamble.” Now at age 91, he hopes that with Rick, Marty and their team, his gamble will finally pay off. Close
David BlankenshipSee Full BioDavid is the son of legendary treasure hunter Dan Blankenship and also a longtime resident of Oak Island. A serious workplace accident almost 30 years ago has caused him to have limited mobility, but he’s never let it slow him down. He can take on anyone half his age and often does. Close