RIP Captain Phil Harris – Discovery Channel’s Best TV Series

June 20, 2012 · Posted in Sports · Comment 

There are many jobs on Earth that are classified as extremely hazardous, taking many lives each year. However, none are as dangerous as being a fisherman aboard one of the crab fishing vessels as seen on the Discovery’s Alaskan crab fishing show television series. The fact that the bountiful Bering Sea is so profitable yet so adventurous is what appeals to many who seek to live life on the edge in search for a lucrative career. Some pay the ultimate price for it, but most reap the rewards each season.

In a recent study it was discovered that over 4,000 lives are taken each year due to job-related accidents in the US. Out of the top ten most dangerous jobs in the world that contribute the most, the Alaskan crab fisherman are ranked at the number one spot. Frequently, dozens of fallen members of the crews of these fishing vessels appear on the TV each year making it the one job with the most fatalities per year. Many of these members appear on the popular television show Discovery Channel’s Alaskan crab fishing TV series.

In February of 2010, captain of the Cornelia Marie, Phil Harris, passed away as an Alaskan crab fisherman. His death was not related to what most would expect from an Alaskan fisherman. He passed away in a hospital due to poor health, but this was surely directly related to his life as a fisherman on the Bering Sea. His daily life was full of high-tension moments, lack of sleep, and poor nutrition that eventually lead to his rapidly decline in health. His legacy will carry on as the Cornelia Marie, and through his appearance on the Alaskan crab fishing show on Discovery Channel series.

Although Phil’s death was unorthodox for a crab fisherman, most die by plummeting into the icy Bering Sea. The Alaskan ocean’s extreme temperatures are unbearable and un-survivable during both the winter and summer months. If someone falls in and is not within a survival suit, they will die with certainty within minutes. The frigid waters first remove the capability for a person to move his or her limbs making it nearly impossible to swim or stay afloat. Quickly after, the person cannot breathe and drowns, unless the sudden shock of the cold water hasn’t already forced them to gulp in seawater and drown.

What amplifies these hazards aboard these fishing vessels in the Discovery’s TV show show is the fact that these fishermen are deprived of sleep and proper nutrition for long periods of time during their arduous shifts in perilous conditions. Their level of alertness directly correlates with their survivability, and the lack of energy makes this extremely difficult. As they say, being an Alaskan crab fisherman is not for everyone.

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