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Reality show follows boat salvors


The Discovery Channel is making waves with its real-life, modern-day pirate and marine salvage series "Shipwreck Men," starring four companies that patrol the coast of southern Florida seeking boats in distress.

The company first on the scene reaps the benefits, making the competition cutthroat because the towing business can be lucrative, Fox News Entertainment reported.

For Arnold’s Towing, it’s a family affair as they go up against the expertise of salvage pioneer Stu Korpela at Atlantis Marine Towing & Salvage, self-taught salvage operator Ryan Sewell of Downright Marine Towing and 28-year-old Chuck Hansen of Fast Response Marine Towing.

“I am the little brother, Ricky is the little brother and the old man is the old man. We know our jobs and positions and just do it,” Arnold’s Towing star employee Shane told Fox411’s Pop Tarts column. “Filming the show was difficult, though. It took us a little longer to do what we do. What usually takes a few hours took a lot longer, like in situations when we had to wait for [the crew] to get in the right position and set up for a few seconds.”

On that note, his father, Ricky Arnold Sr., is a fifth-generation Key West resident who built his business from the ground up. Headstrong and unapologetic, he, too, took some time getting used to the Hollywood infiltration of lights and cameras.

“I was getting frustrated. If you notice, in the show I’m yelling ‘Move! Move! Move!’ But once we figured out how to do our job around them and once they figured out their job and how to stay away from us it became very easy,” Arnold Sr. told the network.

Such a Hollywood infiltration is a far cry from Ricky Sr.’s life growing up pulling lobster traps and cage fishing with his brothers, which led to diving in and cutting ropes caught in propellers in the dark and lonely seas.

And as the all-new Discovery series exemplifies, there is no love lost between the tow company competitors.

“Shipwreck Men” is currently airing on Discovery at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Mondays.

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