Deadliest Catch Features Katmai Sinking

April 22nd, 2009 - 5:54 pm ICT by GD  

Deadliest Catch on the Discovery Channel featured the Katmai sinking that happened last October and took the lives of a few crew members. FV (Fishing Vessel) Katmai was a commercial fishing boat. Last October it sank a few miles outside the Adak Island in the Aleutians. At the time of sinking the Katmai had crew from a film shooting and 7 of the 11 members of the crew were killed when the ship sank. This was not the first such disaster. Four other fishing vessel sank in the Alaskan water in the last ten years. One of the most tragic of these was Arctic Rose, where all 15 member of the crew were killed.

The skipper of the Katmai, Phil Harris had survived the sinking ship and now has his own boat, the Cornelia Marie. Harris gave away his indomitable spirit when he commented later, “Am I still going to be able to do this? This is my career, man.”

Discovery’s Deadliest Catch is slated to examine the incident and probe into what really went wrong to cause the vessel to sink. It is not clear if they actually have the real sinking footage but the show promises ample excitement to its viewers.

Meanwhile even as the radios informed other captains about the sinking of the Katmai, they did not inform their crews about it. Sig Hansen and Captain Keith Colburn acknowledged this in an interview with the “Early Show” on CBS on Tuesday. Asked if the captain should talk about trouble on another boat in the fleet to his own crew, Hansen said, “No way. You got to keep the morale up, so you don’t want to bring them down.”

Colburn agreed, “You don’t know. All you’re hearing is the mayday. You don’t know what’s happening. You’re detached from it, so you can’t tell someone this happened until you know, until you have some more facts.”

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