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In 2006, the Bureau of Labor Statistics ranked commercial fishing as the job occupation with the highest fatality rate at 141.7 deaths per 100,000 workers. This is almost 75% higher than the fatality rate of pilots, flight engineers, and loggers, the next most hazardous occupations. Alaskan king crab fishing is considered even more dangerous than the average commercial fishing job, due to the conditions of the Bering Sea during the seasons they fish.
Deadliest Catch is an original Discovery Channel reality documentary series dedicated to the courageous individuals who brave the Bering Sea each year as the backbone of the Alaskan king crab fishing industry. Cameras follow several Fishing Vessels and their crews as they compete to amass the most crab, and end the season with the biggest haul.
Built in 1991 at the Giddings Boat Yard in Coos Bay , Oregon, the F/V Time Bandit is a 298 ton, 113 foot house-aft boat with a beam 28 feet across. It has an 8 foot draft and is powered by two 425 horsepower Cummins engines with a cruising speed of 9 knots. It has a hold capacity of 120,000 pounds for king crab, 175,000 for snow crab and 370,000 for salmon.
The F/V Time Bandit was designed by Andy and Johnathan's father, John Sr., and custom-built by the Hillstrands themselves. The boat includes such unusual amenities as queen-size beds, a four-person sauna and a dishwasher.
The F/V Time Bandit’s home port is Homer, Alaska.
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