Coast Guard honors “Deadliest Catch” skipper Keith Colburn

Capt. Mark Rizzo presents the Pillar of Support Award to Keith Colburn, captain of the fishing vessel Wizard from the Deadliest Catch series. As the national spokesperson for the Coast Guards Boat Responsibly safety initiative, Colburn has devoted much of his shore time during the past year at boat shows, water sporting events and has appeared in Coast Guard public service announcements advocating safe boating. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Micahel Hulme)

Capt. Mark Rizzo presents the Pillar of Support Award to Keith Colburn, captain of the fishing vessel Wizard from the Deadliest Catch series. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Micahel Hulme)

Captain Keith Colburn is known to millions of television viewers as the skipper of the Wizard, a crab fishing vessel on the Discovery Channel hit series Deadliest Catch. What you may not know is that Captain Colburn is also a spokesperson for the Coast Guard’s Boat Responsibly safety initiative through the Boating Safety Division. Over the weekend, Colburn was recognized for his contributions to safe boating in America with the Coast Guard’s Pillar of Support Award.

“I am extremely honored to receive the Pillar of Support Award, and I would like to thank the Coast Guard for this great honor,” Colburn said. “In my line of work we are just trying to stay safe and come home and we increase our chances by wearing our life jackets.”

As a celebrity spokesperson Colburn has filmed several public service announcements and regularly engages the public through safe boating events around the country.

In announcing the award, Rear Admiral Kevin Cook, director of prevention policy for the Coast Guard said, “Captain Colburn is a well-known and respected seaman who recognizes the importance of responsible boating safety procedures.”

Colburn’s expertise landed him in front of lawmakers in Washington, DC last week. The Wizard‘s skipper appeared before Congress last week as an expert witness on energy development in the Outer Continental Shelf and the future of the world’s oceans. (Click here for a transcript of his testimony.)

Click here for more from Captain Colburn’s blog on his involvement with the Coast Guard and the importance of safe boating practices aboard the Wizard.

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  • Tom Simmons

    Fair winds and following seas to Captain Keith. Congratulations. Thank you USCG for being Semper Paratus.

  • Elegancka Sukienka

    Wishing you… Holiday joy, holiday cheer, And a whole lot of happiness all through the year!