Six years ago, Discovery Channel introduced the world to the fishermen of the Cornelia Marie, Northwestern, Time Bandit and Wizard. In the years that followed, Deadliest Catch forever blurred the lines between documentary and reality television and millions around the world shared in the beauty and danger of Alaska’s Bering Sea.
The crews of the boats have become international celebrities and, perhaps more importantly, taken advantage of their fame to talk about the close relationship between the commercial fishing industry and the Coast Guard.
Whether its Wizard skipper Capt. Keith Colburn talking about the importance of wearing lifejackets or former Cornelia Marie crewman Corey Eisenbarth talking to Coast Guard Academy cadets about the real-world impacts of the service’s search and rescue mission, the Coast Guard’s relationship with Deadliest Catch has evolved into a true partnership.
“The Deadliest Catch is more than great reality television, it is a weekly boating safety public service announcement,” said Cmdr. Sean Carroll, head of the Los Angeles-based Coast Guard Motion Picture & Television Office.
“Each week, millions watch these fishermen face danger on the high seas and the Coast Guard response to disasters from the safety of their living rooms. We couldn’t ask for better partners than the men and women who have made this show a reality for the past seven years.”
Deadliest Catch begins its seventh season this Tuesday with a tribute to the late Capt. Phil Harris, a daring Coast Guard rescue 54 miles south of Dutch Harbor, Alaska, and introduces the two newest members of the fleet: Ramblin’ Rose and Seabrooke.
Tune in to Discovery Channel tomorrow night to watch the Coast Guard on the season premiere of Deadliest Catch!