If you think your job is super ass hard, you obviously don’t work on an Alaskan crab boat. They’re among the toughest dudes to ever brave Poseidon’s waters, and one of the saltiest among them passed away yesterday. His name: Captain Phil Harris, commander of the F/V Cornelia Marie.
Almost 5 years ago, The Discovery Channel had film crews tag along with a select few of the fishing vessels in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. There they documented the perilous fishing for King and Opilio crab, dubbing the show Deadliest Catch. With cameras capturing the level of high risk activity, arguments between crew and captain, as well as the boat to boat brotherly pranking that goes down on those ships, the show was a massive hit and still is to this day.
Unfortunately, while the Cornelia Marie was docked at Saint Paul Island, Captain Phil Harris suffered a stroke and was flown to Anchorage for surgery. From Yahoo:
“Phil Harris, the fishing boat captain whose adventures off the Alaska coast were captured on the television show “Deadliest Catch”, has died, the Discovery Channel said Tuesday night. He was 53.
“Harris suffered what his family described as a massive stroke on Jan. 29 while the fishing vessel he captained, Cornelia Marie, was in port at St. Paul Island, Alaska. The fisherman was flown to Anchorage for surgery.”
Phil’s two sons/crew members Josh and Jake had a few things to say:
“”It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our dad – Captain Phil Harris. Dad has always been a fighter and continued to be until the end,” sons Josh and Jake Harris said in a statement released by the network. “For us and the crew, he was someone who never backed down.””
Just so you know how well Captain Phil knew his job, check out this video.
So raise your glasses, chalices, and cattle horns in salute to Captain Phil Harris. He may not be bagging crab in this world any more, but I’m confident he’ll be getting his quota in the next.