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'Deadliest Catch': Sig Hansen's Daughter Joins the Northwestern

On the July 1 episode of Deadliest Catch, the long-running Discovery series featured another first.

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Sig Hansen, left, captain of the fishing boat "Northwestern" that is featured on the TV show "Deadliest Catch," attends a memorial service, Friday, April 30, 2010, in Seattle, for Captain Phil Harris, who, along with his crab fishing boat, the Cornelia Marie, is also featured on the show. Harris died February 9, 2010, after suffering a stroke earlier in the year. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 25: Captain Sig Hansen of the Discovery Channel's 'Deadliest Catch' attends a meet and greet at Seminole Casino on August 25, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vallery Jean/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MARCH 30: Discovery Communications President & CEO David Zaslav (L) and captain of the fishing boat Northwestern on Discovery's Deadliest Catch Sig Hansen (R) attend the Natural Resources Defense Council's 11th Annual `Forces For Nature' Benefit at 583 Park Avenue on March 30, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
Captain Sig Hansen, star of the Discovery Channel reality series 'The Deadliest Catch,' talks to his colleague and show co-star Capt. Phil Harris on his cell phone during an appearance at the Norway pavilion at Disney's EPCOT theme park, Friday, July 11, 2008. Looking on (left) are guests Lauren Courville, Lisa Dugas and Kathy Markey (second from right). Hansen met guests and signed autographs. (Photo by Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images)
CONCORD, NC - MAY 24: Sig Hansen, Captain of the Northwestern crab-catcher vessel, a boat featured on the Discovery Channel show 'Deadliest Catch', looks on during qualifying for the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 on May 24, 2007 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Captain Sig Hansen's 18-year old daughter, Mandy Hansen, joined the crew of the F/V Northwestern during a cold, grueling crab fishing season on the Bering Sea. Understandably, Captain Sig was apprehensive about his teenage daughter working in such a dangerous environment.

Frigid temperatures, thousands of pounds of moving, heavy equipment and punishing work hours make crab fishing on the Bering Sea one of the most dangerous occupations in the world. Deadliest Catch has provided viewers plenty of glimpses into this hazardous occupation. The series has featured countless injuries to fisherman, epic waves and the tragic accounts of men and boats lost to the sea.

Despite these dangers, Mandy Hansen ventured forth to make her mark in this world dominated by tough men and tough conditions. And she had the support of her supportive, albeit nervous, fisherman father, Sig.

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AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 09: Captain Sig Hansen speaks during the 'Deadliest Catch's Twitter For Tough Guys' panel at the Hyatt Hotel during the South By Southwest Interactive Festival on March 9, 2013 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/FilmMagic)
LIVE WITH KELLY AND MICHAEL -7/4/13 - Today on LIVE, the hosts learn the ropes from Deadliest Catch Captains Sig Hansen (left) and Keith Colburn (right) on 'LIVE with Kelly and Michael,' distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television. (Photo by David Steele/Disney-ABC via Getty Images) SIG HANSEN, MICHAEL STRAHAN, KELLY RIPA, KEITH COLBURN
LIVE WITH KELLY AND MICHAEL -7/4/13 - The catch-of-the-day, with 'Deadliest Catch' Captains Keith Colburn (left) and Sig Hansen (right) on 'LIVE with Kelly and Michael,' distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television. (Photo by David Steele/Disney-ABC via Getty Images) SIG HANSEN, MICHAEL STRAHAN, KELLY RIPA, KEITH COLBURN
HOMESTEAD, FL - NOVEMBER 18: Bill Wichrowski (R), captain of the 'KodiaK' and Captain Derrick Ray (L)on the Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch attend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 18, 2012 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
HOMESTEAD, FL - NOVEMBER 17: Bill Wichrowski, captain of the 'KodiaK' on the Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch, attends the NASCAR Nationwide Series Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 17, 2012 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 4278 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Matt LeBlanc, Deadliest Catch's Capt. Keith Colburn and Capt. Sig Hansen during an interview on June 26, 2012 -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 09: Captain Johnathan Hillstrand speaks during the 'Deadliest Catch's Twitter For Tough Guys' panel at the Hyatt Hotel during the South By Southwest Interactive Festival on March 9, 2013 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/FilmMagic)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 09: Captains Keith Colburn and Sig Hansen speak during the 'Deadliest Catch's Twitter For Tough Guys' panel Hyatt Hotel during the South By Southwest Interactive Festival on March 9, 2013 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/FilmMagic)
LIVE WITH KELLY AND MICHAEL -7/4/13 - The catch-of-the-day, with 'Deadliest Catch' Captains Keith Colburn (left) and Sig Hansen (right) on 'LIVE with Kelly and Michael,' distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television. (Photo by David Steele/Disney-ABC via Getty Images) SIG HANSEN, MICHAEL STRAHAN, KELLY RIPA, KEITH COLBURN
** FOR ARCHIVE CONSIDERATION ** (JULY 10, 2008): Captain Sig Hansen (center), star of the Discovery Channel reality series "The Deadliest Catch," and brothers Deckhand Norman Hansen (left) and Deck Boss Edgar Hansen (right), pose with a statue of Sebastian, the crab made famous in Disney's animated film "The Little Mermaid." "The Deadliest Catch" chronicles six boats, captains and crews in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, during the Alaskan king crab season. Based in Seattle, Wash., Hansen is a fourth-generation Norwegian fisherman. He and his family are at Walt Disney World Resort this week. (Garth Vaughan, photographer)
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