April 15, 2008 01:01 AM by Joe Reality
One of the most popular Discovery Channel reality TV shows is returning for a fourth season. In addition to being a ratings success, the Deadliest Catch was also nominated for an Emmy. The series features five crab-fishing boats, along with their memorable captains and crews.
The five boats are the Northwestern, led by Captain Sig Hansen; the Cornelia Marie, led by Captain Phil Harris and his sons Jake and Josh; the Time Bandit led by Captain Johnathan Hillstrand and Captain Andy Hillstrand; the Wizard, led by Captain Keith Colburn; and the North American, led by Sten Skaar and deckhand-turned-skipper Rick Fehst.
The crab fishermen sail the Bering Sea, as they engage in a very lucrative but also very dangerous job. The crews face extreme weather that consists of subzero temperatures and sixty miles-per-hour winds. On the stormy seas, some of the waves get as high as four-story buildings. Water is constantly splashing on the decks and freezing, which means the crews have to clear the ice with sledgehammers to keep from becoming top-heavy and capsizing.
The fourth season of the Deadliest Catch is unfortunately cursed with injuries. A loose picking hook injures two men, and a fisherman has to end his fishing season early after a life-threatening situation.
The Deadliest Catch airs on Tuesday, April 15 starting at 9 PM ET/PT on the Discovery Channel.
Photo Credit: Discovery Channel