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How the Coast Guard rescued 'Deadliest Catch' crewman in Alaska's Bering Sea

  • Author: Craig Medred
  • Updated: September 27, 2016
  • Published November 9, 2011

On Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard hoisted a crew member from the 150-foot fishing vessel Wizard, one of the ships featured on "Deadliest Catch," the Discovery Channel's reality TV program about Alaska crab fishing. The U.S. Coast Guard described the rescued man as suffering from "signs of dehydration and shock."

According to CBS News, the rescued individual was related in some way to the production of the reality show, although it was not immediately clear if he was a crew member of the production team or a crewman of the fishing vessel itself.

Discovery Channel did not immediately respond to emails about the incident.

On Tuesday night, the Coast Guard released the audio recording between the Wizard and the Coast Guard, which occurred around 1:20 p.m. Monday.

"I currently have a crewman that appears to be at this time -- I'm not sure, but possibly suffering from dehydration, and is showing signs of shock, and possible convulsions," the radio operator aboard the Wizard reported in the call. He reported that the ship would head toward Dutch Harbor, but it would take approximately 18 hours to arrive there.

"Have you administered any aid to the patient at this time?" The Coast Guard radio operator asked the crewman aboard the Wizard.

The crewman replied that the crew has elevated the distressed crew member's feet and were taking pulse and blood pressure while trying to give him fluids.

The Coast Guard reported that they had a Jayhawk helicopter and crew on a training flight in the area, which was diverted to the Wizard and was able to hoist the 28-year-old crew member from the vessel and transferred him to a medical facility in Cold Bay -- about 60 miles south of the medevac -- at about 3:20 p.m.

Captain Keith Colburn helms the Wizard, which has been featured in the last five seasons of the popular reality show. The show has already been greenlit for an eighth season.

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