Original air date: April 28, 2009
Seventeen hours after Katmai’s EPIRB went off, a second MH-60 Jayhawk arrives on scene and picks up four survivors from a life raft: Captain Henry “Joe” Blake, Deck Boss Guy Schroeder, and Greenhorns Harold “Ryan” Appling and Adam Foster. Captain Joe, Ryan, and Adam recount their survival story aboard the life raft. Facing the worst of the storm, the Wizard is low on fresh bait and pulls a string of cod pots in 25-foot (7.6 m), 75-mile-per-hour (121 km/h) seas. On board the Northwestern, Captain Sig Hansen keeps news of the Katmai tragedy from the crew. After going 36 hours without sleep, Captain Sig hands over the helm to Deck Boss Edgar Hansen and he steers the Northwestern on setting a string. After a 27-hour soak, the string pulls up good numbers, lifting the spirits of the crew. On the Cornelia Marie, Deck Hand Corey Eisenbarth recounts his experience when he was a greenhorn aboard a fishing vessel that went down 26 years ago. Nineteen hours after the Katmai sinks, two Good Samaritan vessels, the Courageous and the Patricia Lee pull the bodies of two crewmen from the sea. Four days after the sinking, the United States Coast Guard suspends the search for the two remaining missing crewmen.