Deadliest Catch, Season 6, Episode 15, aired on Discovery Channel, where the news of Captain Phil Harris’ death reaches the other boats. Yet it comes when these crews are fighting a monster storm. Viewers could feel the tenseness and pain through the television screen on Season 6, Episode 15 of Deadliest Catch. The Cornelia Marie was shown and looks like a ghost ship.
The Shock and Pain of Captain Phil Harris’ Death Hits Hard on Season 6, Episode 15 of Deadliest Catch
This show begins with doctors telling Josh Harris that they are at a loss for why his dad passed away all the sudden. Later at St. Paul, the Cornelia Marie’s deckhand Freddy is on board, and he gets the call from Josh. The tenseness of the shock and pain is utterly thick as the news hits on board.
On the Kodiak, Captain “Wild Bill” Wichrowski keeps searching for more Opilio crab through an eerie fog in -40 temperatures with two new deckhands, Paul and Derek. “Wild Bill” can’t see the pots much of the time, and when he does, the raised pots have low counts, so he goes elsewhere on Deadliest Catch, Season 6, Episode 15. The hydraulics are cut off in the midst of a crab pot being raised, causing it to swing around the boat dangerously before it’s put under control.
The Time Bandit, skippered by Andy Hillstrand, has only one of three tanks filled with Opilio crab. Greenhorn Jeremy puts 80 pounds of frozen cod in each of the 80 pots, then has to learn how to throw the buoy, two of which doesn’t clear. On the Wizard, Captain Keith Colburn sees some good pots come up initially, but he gets on the crew for reacting happily prematurely when the boat is fishing around the ice. He’s also mad that his deckhand Lynn is moving really slow and stacking the crab pots badly. The Northwestern has been battling a 1000 mile wide super storm with 30-45 foot seas and 60 mph winds. Captain Sig Hansen is hoping for a nice harvest of Opilio crab, 4,000 more pounds. The crew hopes they can call it day and head to shore, which it finally does.
Deadliest Catch, Season 6, Episode 15 Sees Lots of Tears Because of the Loss
The weather turns calm. At shore, Captain Hansen docks nearby the Cornelia Marie, and the crew hangs out on deck, unaware of Captain Harris’ death. He soon meets the new Cornelia Marie skipper Derek, who breaks down as he tells Sig. The Northwestern captain reacts with shock, then leaves. He goes back to his boat and tells the others, who react with tears, but the work then has to go on.
As Deadliest Catch, Season 6, Episode 15 ends, news of Captain Phil Harris’ death gets around the other boats. The Cornelia Marie sits as the Northwestern passes it. The ending shows people at Captain Harris’ service. A seagull lands on the deck of the Captain Hansen’s boat looking right at Sig, who comments that it could be the late skipper. The Time Bandit shoots flares into the air to honor Captain Harris and a ship’s bell rings during the credits.
After Deadliest Catch, a one hour special honoring Captain Phil Harris aired.
For those of you who need Deadliest Catch recaps, you can read about Season 6, Episode 1 here; 2 here; 3 here; 4 here; 5 here ; 6 here; 7 here; 8 here; 9 here; 10 here; 11 here. 12 here; 13 here 14 here.
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