'Gold Rush': Parker Schnabel seeks fortune - and a great Snapchat - like a boss

When he was 12 years old, Alaskan Parker Schnabel, now 19, of Discovery's Friday hit "Gold Rush" saved a life.According to JuneauEmpire.com, back in the winter of 2006, Schnabel was flying with his beloved grandfather, miner John Schnabel, when he spied Jay Blair, a snowboarder who had gotten lost and spent a night outdoors in frigid conditions. Too exhausted to even wave for help, Blair struck rescue gold when Schnabel spotted him from the air and alerted the pilot.So even as a pre-teen, Schnabel had a combination of luck and the ability to see what others might miss.Now on his own, away from his grandpa's advice -- and having invested his college fund to mine this summer in the Klondike with mentor Tony Beets -- Schnabel is having to call upon his skills and acquire more to dig success out of the earth in the far North."Sometimes it was a struggle," he tells Zap2it. "It's tough...



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