As crews prepare to head to the Bairdi grounds, a mayday call from Arctic Hunter just outside Dutch Harbor prompts a dramatic at-sea rescue from the least likely heroes: Elliott and Mike Neese and the crew of the Saga. On the Cape Caution, Bill’s greenhorn Kelly is looking for a way off the boat by revealing that he has a pending arrest warrant hanging over him (for constructing an illegal firearm), and must return to shore for trial. Bill is not convinced by his story, and decides to call Kelly’s bluff by contacting the authorities himself – who tell him that Kelly can finish his contractual obligations first. When offloading in Dutch, Bill delivers the bad news to Kelly, that he must return to sea to finish the season. On the Seabrooke, Junior’s back is troubling him and his crew convince him to head for shore. As boats complete their fishing, they see how badly the Arctic Hunter has been damaged by rocks and waves just days after running aground.
Deadliest Catch is a reality television series produced by Original Productions for the Discovery Channel. It portrays the real life events aboard fishing vessels in the Bering Sea during the Alaskan king crab, snow crab and bairdi crab fishing seasons.
The Aleutian Islands port of Dutch Harbor, Alaska, is the base of operations for the fishing fleet. The show's title derives from the inherent high risk of injury or death associated with the work.
Deadliest Catch premiered on the Discovery Channel on April 12, 2005, and currently airs in over 200 countries. The first season consisted of ten episodes, with the finale airing on June 14, 2005. Subsequent seasons have aired on the same April to June or July schedule every year since the original 2005 season. The 12th season premiered on March 29, 2016.