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