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'Deadliest Catch': Vessel catches fire with five people on board

'Deadliest Catch': Vessel Catches Fire With Five People On Board

On the season premiere of "Deadliest Catch," five people on board a vessel called the Western Venture quickly found themselves in extreme danger.


"Reporting that the boat looks like it's on fire ... we're hoping that they're sitting in a life raft."

The five people on the boat were able to escape the flames in a life raft and signal for help. A coast guard surveillance plane was then able to keep track of the drifting crew's life raft until eventually they were rescued by a good Samaritan boat. Luckily, everyone survived.

Fans on Twitter were loving the premiere and we mean really loving it.

Some even joined in on "The Deadliest Catch" Fantasy Game, where viewers can create their own fantasy team and choose their favorite crew members from the show.

Top scoring players can take home weekly prizes and have the chance to meet the captains in Dutch Harbor Alaska.

Anyone looking to sign up can do so at Discovery.com/Catchgame.

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ascha79846 April 23 2014 at 4:29 PM

This all started when the writers struck for the first time and reality TV was born. America bought into it.

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John ascha79846 April 23 2014 at 6:26 PM

and I suppose the blood is fake and the ice that falls on some fisherman's head is all for show. get real. it is real. you have been watching too much Harry Potter

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mttrotter46 April 23 2014 at 12:54 PM

Where was the Cornelia Marie last night?

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mccallc0819 mttrotter46 April 23 2014 at 4:10 PM

At the docks, waiting for bills to be paid

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monique118 mttrotter46 April 23 2014 at 5:00 PM

Won't come in until opilio crab season!

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experimenttoo April 23 2014 at 12:53 PM

I must say how odd it is that so many think that it is fake. Nothing but a dumb reality show. Yet here they are posting so they must be watching. Such sad, empty lives that they have to sit around and try to enjoy life watching something that they believe to be un-real.

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garykuz experimenttoo April 23 2014 at 2:27 PM

Personally I don't watch the show anymore. It has become so scripted in the recent years that much of what we now see is staged to bring in more viewers.

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EasyG April 23 2014 at 8:34 PM

Worked there for nearly 3 years in the mid-80s on a processing boat, chasing those crab boats before they make delivery of their loads to onshore plants. Its definitely a young mans game to be able to keep up with extreme weather and long working hours, but even then its such a hardwork for a 19 year old like myself.

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ssteve3844 April 23 2014 at 8:59 PM

About the only thing worse than a fire on a boat is a fire on an airplane

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pjsowe April 23 2014 at 11:16 AM

Fire at sea is a scary thing.

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laclone April 23 2014 at 1:22 PM

Fire at sea is one of the most feared things for any sailor.

Scary enough on naval vessels, with the equipment and training to deal with it, but these FV's and crews have little of either on hand. A few co2 bottles, and maybe a hose or two. But a small engine, stove or electrical fire can get so out-of-hand, so quickly that within just a few minutes, your only chance to live is to abandon ship.

I am 20 yr. retired Navy salvage and rescue, and have had the honor of meeting and having a few beers with Sig, Johnathan and Andy.

Believe me, it's real.

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Kenny laclone April 23 2014 at 3:41 PM

in your own little hardshell world

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mncook April 23 2014 at 12:46 PM

Fishing is a very serious job to FISHERMEN. So if you are not, don't put your empty wisdom against us -- who have enjoyed it for generations. Starting off sitting on the bottom of the boat, Protected, watched by brother's, uncle's, father's, grandpa's, all while holding our first baited drop line. Today I am greatgrandma at 80 and my girls are reliving many hours of our memories. Feel sorry for all the negaive people...you really missed alot. Oh, by the way, We are Swedes and during the depression and wars we ate our fish

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experimenttoo mncook April 23 2014 at 12:59 PM

I work a tough job and consider myself a hard worker but no way do I think that I could ever do that job even in my best days.

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chuck April 23 2014 at 7:57 PM

when i was in the Coast Guard i patrolled these waters for 9 months each year. i loved it. wish i was young so i could do it again.
GMC chuck USCG ret

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blueridgearcher April 23 2014 at 1:21 PM

Some people do and some people watch and of course comment. These guys work in the most dangerous work environment in the world to put food on your tables. If you dont have the stones to step up and walk a mile in their shoes dont judge them. Than God we still have rugged individualists who refuse to run with the herd.

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