City Confidential

Season 3 Episode 4

Key West: Pirates in Paradise

Aired Saturday 8:00 PM May 27, 2014 on A&E
Key West: Pirates in Paradise
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"Today is the day." Mel Fisher's stubborn mantra would prove correct in 1985 when he unearthed the remains of the Spanish ship Nuestra Senora de Atocha off of Florida's coast. Though he remains one of the world's most-respected treasure hunters, Fisher's final days were filled with controversy. City Confidential: Keywest, Pirates in Paradise explores the discovery that surprised a seaside community. Though he had made a fortune collecting the goods of underwater wrecks, Fisher fell victim to a dishonest companion. In 1998, officials raided Fisher's Key West shop under the suspicion he was selling fake coins. When the accusation was substantiated, Fisher was shocked and agreed to make reparations. He died weeks later. A&E explores the glories and pitfalls of the scavenging trade in this one-hour program.moreless

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