“Deadliest Catch” viewers know that back in March, Captain Sig Hansen of the Northwestern suffered a heart attack while filming Season 12 and had to be airlifted to a nearby hospital. He tells Zap2it that, much like Phil Harris’ death in 2010, the Discovery Channel show will likely broadcast the entire ordeal.
“I know that they were there in the hospital in Anchorage, and I know they were with me when I was medevac’d out of Dutch Harbor. I imagine they’ll show the whole goddamn thing, make me re-live it again,” says Hansen with a laugh.
When asked if his health scare ever made him think about giving up crab fishing, Hansen quips that he would have to resort to flipping burgers to make money, but he does say the heart attack made him reevaluate his priorities.
“It’s a show of mortality and it’s like, ‘Holy moly, what am I gonna do?’ It didn’t sink in until much later … it’s like you’re thinking about your boat first, then it’s your family,” says Hansen. “Now all of a sudden you’re thinking maybe the family’s first and the boat’s second. My mind has altered a little bit. I’m still going to go fishing, but I am afraid, I’ll admit that any day.”
But Hansen isn’t going to stop any time soon and he says he doesn’t think the show is going to stop any time soon either.
“[‘Deadliest Catch’] will probably keep going ’til I die. [laughs] It’s been 12 seasons, it’s pretty amazing. It really is. … I think it’s gonna keep going. It’s already passed a generation. I think it’s passed down through generations. I can’t tell you how many people I meet where they’ll say my mom and dad always watch the show with us kids, it’s the only family show they watch together, which just blows my mind. It’s amazing that it can go on that long and be just as strong, if not stronger.”
“Deadliest Catch: The Bait” and “Deadliest Catch” air back-to-back on Tuesdays beginning at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery.