Veteran skipper Sig Hansen of the FV Northwestern from the television series “Deadliest Catch” suffered a heart attack and was flown to a hospital in Alaska where is now recovering with his family by his side.
CNN reported that Hansen collapsed and fell unconscious on the Northwestern during filming. Hansen soon regained consciousness and began to resume running the boat. The film crew urged Hansen to go to the hospital, and he was airlifted to a hospital in Alaska.
Hansen’s daughter Mandy Marie, who once guested in the TV series, posted on her Twitter account a photo of his dad together with her mother at the hospital. The Hansen were all smiles with Mandy giving the picture a caption.
“Captain survived the ‘widowmaker!!’ Beating a heart attack ain’t easy. Welcome back boss!” Mandy stated.
Discovery Channel spokesperson Laurie Goldberg told CNN that Hansen was determined to keep going despite what happened to him, but the film crew acted swiftly and insisted that they dock and bring him to the hospital.
This was not the first time Hansen got into an accident, he recalled that when he was asked to be a cook for another boat, he threw his stuff on the boat and jump into the railings and suffered a sprained ankle to which the captain of the boat said “bad luck.”
“My ankle was really swollen and I ended up flying back home and the boat went on fishing. And it disappeared…they never saw it again. Basically a sprained ankle saved my life,” Hansen said.
Hansen has starred in the TV series since 2006 wherein he also serves as the technical adviser for the production.
Hansen started as a deckhand on his father’s boat before his teenage years, working his way up the ranks. At age 22, he became a “relief skipper”, relieving other captains on the Northwestern, as well as doing short-haul stints on other boats in the fleet.
By age 24, he began running the Northwestern full-time. Over the years, the boat has become a top producer with an excellent safety record; it has never had a single death at sea in the nearly 20 years Hansen has been at its helm, and its serious injury rate is significantly lower than other boats in the Bering Sea fleet as well.
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