Discovery and millions of fans aren’t the only ones shocked and devastated by the loss of friend, father, skipper, and fisherman Phil Harris, the whole industry is deeply affected. As the shock of the passing of this beloved veteran crabber begins to wear off, the true mourning begins. The Dutch Harbor Fisherman reports:
To fans of the “Deadliest Catch,” he was captain Phil Harris, the famous crab-killing rider of the wild Bering Sea.
But to those living at the tip of the Aleutian chain, he was just plain Phil, one of the most endearing, demanding – and sometimes downright irritating – men Dutch Harbor ever loved.
Harris, 53, suffered a stroke Jan. 29 while the fishing boat he captained, the Cornelia Marie, was in port at St. Paul Island near Dutch Harbor. He was medevacked to Anchorage and appeared to be on the mend Feb. 3, according to reports on the “Deadliest Catch” Web site.
He died Feb. 9, spurring thousands of online comments from fans of the Discovery Channel show that depicts the crab fishing industry in the dangerous waters off Alaska.
News spread quickly between fishermen, the docks, bars and businesses of Dutch Harbor and Unalaska.
“God bless him, he lived life to the extreme,” said Walt Dauderis…