On Friday, Jan. 29, Capt. Phil Harris of the F/V Cornelia Marie, one of the featured Bering Sea crab-fishing boats on Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch,” suffered a stroke and had to be helicoptered to a hospital in Anchorage, Alaska, where he has been undergoing treatment. According to some reports,this included surgery.
Fans of the show know that Harris has had physical problems in the past, most memorably a serious incident with a blood clot in 2008.
According to a posting today (Feb. 3) on Facebook, there are some positive developments. Here’s what his sons, Josh (below, right) and Jake (below, left), had to say:
Today, dad showed some good signs of improvement, squeezing our hands
and even summoning his trademark Captain’s bluntness by telling the
doctors and nurses, “Don’t f*ck up.” We are encouraged but still very
cautious. It is a long road ahead, but its made more bearable and
comforting knowing your thoughts and prayers are with us. We are strong
because of you — our fans. Thanks and we will continue to update you
as best we can going forward.
-The Harris Brothers
For more information and updates, fans can click on the official site for the Cornelia Marie, the show’s Discovery Channel fan page, or check out this story (and its embedded links). Those on Facebook can also subscribe to updates from the official fan page.
Get-well cards for Harris can be sent to the address below, where a good friend of his will compile them and deliver them to Harris at a later date.
Captain Phil Harris
PO Box 32466
Amarillo, TX 79120-2466
Of course, good wishes, thoughts and prayers will no doubt also be welcome.
The next season of “Deadliest Catch” is expected to premiere in April.
UPDATE: Sadly, on Tuesday, Feb. 9, Harris lost his fight. Click here for more info.