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Captain Sig Hansen

Captain Sig Hansen

Age 50, Shoreline, WA

One of the most irrepressible captains ever to tackle the Bering Sea, Sig ventured into Season 12 with his trademark gusto, swagger, and veteran savvy. After quickly meeting his king quota, Sig returned to helm the Northwestern for opies but was besieged with merciless weather and multiple equipment setbacks. Sig’s veteran crew resiliently battled the elements, but eventually began to wear down. In desperate need of another hand, Sig turned to his daughter, Mandy, to assist the ailing vessel. However, shortly after her arrival, an electrical fire erupted in the engine room, temporarily crippling the ship and mandating costly repairs. Falling behind on his quota, Sig doubled-down to make up for lost time. The escalating stress of the grind ultimately proved overbearing, and Sig suffered a major heart attack. Although the doctors were fortunately able to treat Sig in time, his prognosis was grim – Sig had barely escaped a stress-induced heart attack that doctors referred to as “the Widowmaker.” In order to avoid another attack, Sig had to subscribe to a new lifestyle of prescription drugs, and ideally one without cigarettes, but he has yet to kick the habit. Sig approaches the new season with genuine concerns: Does he still possess the requisite stamina to weather the unforgiving sea? His livelihood and, more importantly, his life may depend on it.

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