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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Gold Mining Television Show Becomes a Television Gold Mine

May 31, 2012 · Posted in Entertainment · Comment 

The members of the Discovery Channel show Gold Rush Alaska have all had their share of struggles while taking a stab at mining gold in the wilderness of Alaska. In their attempts to strike it rich, many unforeseen circumstances had arose and some were faced with catastrophic consequences. The Schnabel and Hoffman crews had dealt with a set of their own ordeals while being greenhorns at the game of mining for gold in Alaska, but Dakota Fred, also known as “Big Boot”, arguably suffered the worst of it in the last few episodes of the show.

In the beginning of the second season, the Hoffmans journeyed back up to their old claim from their homes in Oregon. They were in search of the gold! As they started to unload and get settled back in, it wasn’t long before the infamous Dakota Fred pulled up in his truck. None of the Hoffman crew was happy to see him. He came bearing some bad news, but it was really his own selfish greed that had lead to his arrival at the Porcupine Creek gold claim. Without the crew knowing, Fred had been conspiring against them the entire time. While they had been hard at work excavating the glory hole, Fred had been negotiating new terms with Earl, the claim owner. Fred now owned the claim the Hoffmans had been working so arduously last season and sent them packing.

The only sensible thing that “Big Boot” has done on the show is to purchase all of the old and worn equipment from Todd and Jack Hoffman. Fred deserved to get this junky equipment, and the Hoffman crew deserved to get it off of their hands and gain some capital to buy newer and better equipment. Jack was smart enough not to part with his 400 excavator, and Fred did not get his dirty hands on it. MSHA was also kind enough to shut down Dakota Fred for a good while, but poor Parker Schnabel was misfortunate enough to be in the vicinity with his grandfather’s gold mine and suffered the same ordeal.

Just when “Big Boot” thought he was about to commence a successful gold mining operation, fate came down on him hard. He nearly lost everything in a terrible flood in his home in North Dakota. Fred is from North Dakota, and this is why he has earned the name “Dakota Fred”. They reason his other nickname is “Big Boot” is because he actually wears a boot with a bigger sole on his left foot. He was born with this condition, but he claims it has never stopped him. Fred reveres himself to be an experienced miner, and from what was aired on tv show about gold mining in the first season, it appeared that he was. He seemed to have quite a bit more knowledge about how to fix and run mining equipment than the Hoffman crew, but in the second season, the Hoffmans got their much needed new partner Dave.

Ever since his mistake to take the claim out from under the Hoffman crew, “Big Boot” Dakota Fred suffered the most consequences out of anyone on the Discovery show about gold mining in Alaska. He had endured horrible flooding back home and he also had his share of troubles at the mine. His operation was not generating enough revenue to sustain itself and his life savings were quickly running out. He also got into many arguments with his son, until his son left the mine frustrated and disgruntled.

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