Wednesday, August 20, 2008
If you've ever watched The World's Deadliest Catch", you probably are as in awe of these fishing men as we are.
And now our nephew is out there, with them.
These are the guys who spend months off the Aleutian islands in Alaska, bringing in fish and crabs for a living.
This is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. And our nephew is... eeeek.
Well, ok, he is actually not going out on a crab boat, he's on a long-line trawler, which is a bigger boat, and he is not crew, he works for the US Department of Fisheries, as a scientific observer. But still... his training included donning a survival suit within 60 seconds, and being able to turn over the survival raft.
And here's an inside tip- the crab boats you see on the cable show also have government observers, but they cannot be shown on camera, because anyone being shown on camera must sign a release that anything they say can be broadcast, and as government employees, the observers must sign a statement that they are working confidentially. So, when you watch that show, there is one other crewman out there on the deck checking the catch over who you will never see.
Here is hoping that Ed's trip is smooth sailing!