Discovery Channel’s ‘Deadliest Catch’ Returns for a Third Season in April

Deadliest CatchThe fleet of crab-fishing boats that captivated nearly three million viewers each week on Discovery Channel’s Emmy-nominated series Deadliest Catch returns on Tuesday, April 3, at 9 PM (ET/PT) for a third season of life-or-death adventures on the high seas.

Viewers once again voyage to the Bering Sea and follow the brave captains and crews of eight crab-fishing vessels as they struggle against treacherous weather conditions doing one of the deadliest — and most lucrative — jobs in the world.

Filming of the new season of “Deadliest Catch” — Discovery Channel’s highest-rated series of 2006 — is currently under way. With red king crab season completed, captains and crews are on the Bering Sea tempting fate in the hunt for opilio crab. Fishermen are enduring subzero arctic weather, 60- mph winds and turbulent seas with waves the size of four-story buildings — all on three to four hours of sleep each night.

To add to the weather nightmare, a thousand gallons of water crashes on the deck every 30 seconds, freezing as it hits the boat. To prevent the boat from becoming too top-heavy and capsizing at sea, deckhands are continuously forced to stop fishing and spend hours clearing the ice with sledgehammers.

In conditions like this, it’s not uncommon for deckhands to experience stage one hypothermia, whose symptoms include shivering, poor coordination, slurred speech and poor judgement — all factors that contribute to the danger associated with crab fishing on the Bering Sea.

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