Andy Kelly is a gold miner and reality TV star who appeared on Discovery Channel’s Bering Sea Gold and Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice. He is the younger brother of Kris Kelly and the son of Brad Kelly, who are also part of the Kelly clan that operates The Reaper, a dredge boat. Andy is known for being a tough guy and a gold hound, but he has also been involved in some violent and legal troubles. So, what happened to him and where is he now?
Shawn Pomrenke’s Argument With the Kellys
One of the most dramatic events that involved Andy Kelly was his fist fight with Shawn Pomrenke, another gold miner and reality TV star who owns the Christine Rose, a massive dredge boat. The fight happened in Season 15, Episode 7 of Bering Sea Gold, titled “Brawl of Duty”. The episode aired on January 10, 2023.
The fight was triggered by a dispute over mining locations and claims between the two parties. Andy approached Shawn at the harbor in Nome, Alaska, and Shawn threatened to call the police. Shawn then choked Andy, who hit him in the face and pushed him into a nearby boat. Kris arrived and joined his brother, and the brawl continued with punches, tackles, and blood. Andy even pushed Shawn into the water and punched him again when he came back to the dock. The fight only stopped when Kris begged Andy to calm down, and Shawn walked away. Both sides then called 911 and reported the altercation.
The fight was shocking and brutal, and it showed the intensity of the rivalry and tension between the gold miners in Nome.
Andy Kelly’s Mysterious Disappearance
After the fight with Shawn Pomrenke, Andy Kelly mysteriously disappeared from Bering Sea Gold. He did not appear in any of the subsequent episodes of Season 15, nor in Season 16, which premiered on April 14, 2023. His absence was not explained or addressed by the show or by his family.
Some fans speculated that Andy might have been arrested or injured after the fight, or that he might have quit mining or left Nome for some reason. Others wondered if he had a falling out with his brother or father, or if he had some personal issues that he wanted to keep private. Some also suggested that he might have been fired by Discovery Channel for his violent behavior.
However, none of these theories have been confirmed or denied by Andy himself or by anyone close to him. His social media accounts have also been inactive since January 2023. His current whereabouts and status remain unknown.
Legal Troubles and Arrests Involving the Kellys
Andy Kelly is not the only member of the Kelly clan who has had legal troubles and arrests. His father, Brad Kelly, was arrested in February 2022 for domestic violence against his girlfriend, who is also the mother of his child. According to TMZ, Brad struck her in the head while she was sleeping, and she woke up in a pool of blood. Brad told the police that she had fallen and hit her head on the table, but they did not believe him and charged him with second-degree domestic violence.
Brad was sentenced to four years in prison, but he could reduce it to eight months (with five years’ probation) if he behaved well behind bars. He appeared on Bering Sea Gold via video calls from prison until Season 15.
Kris Kelly has also been arrested several times for various offenses, such as driving under the influence, reckless driving, assault, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest. He has faced fines, jail time, probation, and community service as a result of his convictions. He has also struggled with addiction and mental health issues.
Despite their legal troubles and arrests, Kris Kelly has continued to appear on Bering Sea Gold as the leader of the Kelly clan. He has also tried to improve his relationship with his father and brother, as well as with other miners in Nome.
Andy Kelly is a gold miner and reality TV star who has been missing from Bering Sea Gold since his fist fight with Shawn Pomrenke in January 2023. His disappearance has not been explained by anyone, and his current whereabouts and status are unknown. He is part of the Kelly clan that has faced many legal troubles and arrests over the years. His fans hope that he is safe and well and that he will return to mining and TV someday.