Deadliest Catch: Season 7

Capt. Keith Colburn, skipper of the fishing vessel Wizard of The Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch, takes a break while filming a public service announcement for the Coast Guard. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Paul Roszkowski.

Capt. Keith Colburn, skipper of the fishing vessel Wizard of The Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch, takes a break while filming a public service announcement for the Coast Guard. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Paul Roszkowski.

Six years ago, Discovery Channel introduced the world to the fishermen of the Cornelia Marie, Northwestern, Time Bandit and Wizard. In the years that followed, Deadliest Catch forever blurred the lines between documentary and reality television and millions around the world shared in the beauty and danger of Alaska’s Bering Sea.

Capt. Joseph and Corey Eisenbarth

Peter Joseph, a former commanding officer on Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell, and former Cornelia Marie crewman Corey Eisenbarth, tell the story of a rescue from their unique perspective to Coast Guard Academy cadets. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Timothy Tamargo.

The crews of the boats have become international celebrities and, perhaps more importantly, taken advantage of their fame to talk about the close relationship between the commercial fishing industry and the Coast Guard.

Whether its Wizard skipper Capt. Keith Colburn talking about the importance of wearing lifejackets or former Cornelia Marie crewman Corey Eisenbarth talking to Coast Guard Academy cadets about the real-world impacts of the service’s search and rescue mission, the Coast Guard’s relationship with Deadliest Catch has evolved into a true partnership.

“The Deadliest Catch is more than great reality television, it is a weekly boating safety public service announcement,” said Cmdr. Sean Carroll, head of the Los Angeles-based Coast Guard Motion Picture & Television Office.

Coast Guard rescue swimmer Scott Mochkatel  helps Northwestern skipper Capt. Sig Hansen don a flight helmet in preparation for a helicopter flight. Hansen was given the opportunity to view search and rescue demonstrations from the flight crew's perspective for a Coast Guard segment of "After the Catch." U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Henry G. Dunphy.

Coast Guard rescue swimmer Scott Mochkatel helps Northwestern skipper Capt. Sig Hansen don a flight helmet in preparation for a helicopter flight. Hansen was given the opportunity to view search and rescue demonstrations from the flight crew’s perspective for a Coast Guard segment of “After the Catch.” U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Henry G. Dunphy.

“Each week, millions watch these fishermen face danger on the high seas and the Coast Guard response to disasters from the safety of their living rooms. We couldn’t ask for better partners than the men and women who have made this show a reality for the past seven years.”

Deadliest Catch begins its seventh season this Tuesday with a tribute to the late Capt. Phil Harris, a daring Coast Guard rescue 54 miles south of Dutch Harbor, Alaska, and introduces the two newest members of the fleet: Ramblin’ Rose and Seabrooke.

Tune in to Discovery Channel tomorrow night to watch the Coast Guard on the season premiere of Deadliest Catch!

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