Thursday, April 23, 2009


*Originally Posted April 14, 2008*

What's the world's deadliest job? Why it's crab fishing in the Bering Sea, where you can make $40,000 in 5 days as a deckhand, about one man dies per week, and the injury rate is about 100%. Season 4 of Deadliest Catch premieres this Tuesday, with Captains Sig, Phil, and Johnathan back for more king crab. Just so you know how dangerous this job is, here is a story about the St. Patrick. The St. Patrick was fishing the Bering Sea in the early 90's, and the boat was being tossed by waves and was pitching more than 90 degrees to the side. The captain feared she would sink, and ordered the crew to abandon. They could not find the life raft and were forced to use rope to tie everyone together. Eleven went into the water. Those without survival suits died within minutes. The captain separated from the rope and crew and also drifted off to his death. Eventually only two remained tied together and had to survive overnight in the ocean. The next day, a helicopter flew within 50 yards of them but did not see them. The woman, a cook on board, lost hope after that, passed out, and died. The lone man, a greenhorn, survived another night at sea before he swept upon a stony island. When he woke up, a boat and helicopter was there to rescue him. Another man survived, but they soon found out that the boat never sank.

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