An archaeologist is kidnapped by pirates to help them find $60 million in sunken treasure at the bottom of the sea. MacGyver must attempt a rescue on the isolated ocean.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Dr. Barbara Ortega
Commander Nelson
Gar Manning
Matt Bell
Jack Rogan
Tony Torres ...
Christobel Santos
Paul Engle
William Bronder ...
Arne Lindquist


The U.S. Navy enlists the Phoenix Foundation's help to find out who used its SEAL's diving techniques to commit three pirate hijackings in two weeks. The next victim is archaeologist Barbara Ortega's crew, which just found the ship's log and some coins of a 17th century Spanish treasure fleet. The 'pirate captain' Gar Manning planned to sell the gold back to Ortega, but overhears her explaining about the valuable log to Mac, so his team eliminates the sole witness, kidnaps Barbara and leaves Mac in a sinking boat; yet he escapes and works out with Pete and the Navy that the ideal hiding place for the once rejected SEAL-applicant Gar is Navy exercise site Goat Island, so Mac approaches it in SEAL style, only to find it dangerous in several ways.. Written by KGF Vissers

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9 February 1987 (USA)  »

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Commander Nelson is wearing an 8-sided Marine Corps cover(hat)rather than a navy one. See more »


[last lines]
Dr. Barbara Ortega: Well, MacGyver, that's wonderful but we can't afford five divers much less fifty.
Christobel Santos: Amigos of MacGyver.
Dr. Barbara Ortega: What friends of yours?
MacGyver: I took Chris around to visit some of my buddies in the SEALs. They're kind of happy about having their name cleared. So far, about Eighty-Three of the best divers in the country have volunteered.
Dr. Barbara Ortega: Eighty-Three?
MacGyver: I'd say help is on the way.
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