Personally I can hardly stand to watch “Deadliest Catch”. I live the drama everyday I am on the boat, just a different kind of drama.
On the few occasions that I have had to sit through part or all of an episode when it was on in the galley I have noticed some disturbing images.
When Phil of the Cornelia Marie was alive he was taking narcotics while running the boat. How do I know this?
His junkie son got into his stash and got caught.
Junkies don’t steal from your “Tylenol” stash. They go for the good stuff.
JR of the Seabrook was taking some type of narcotic or prescription pain reliever while running the boat with a bad back.
He even showed the half of a pill to the camera.
I don’t know for sure it was a narcotic of course but it sure looked like half a perkaset to me. (I also have back issues but do not take any prescription drugs while on the boat).
All of the junkie crew members and even some Captains that are or have been addicted to speed, heroin, alcohol, and a whole host of other “party favors” that I am quite sure did not leave their stash at the house when it was time to go back to a boat where they have to go days and days on end with little to no sleep to make a living.
In all the episodes I have had the misfortune of viewing I have never once seen the drug man step on the boat or seen a crew member sent to the “clinic” to be randomly tested.
Another disturbing fact is the acts of assault committed by Keith of the Wizard.
On two separate occasions I watched him put his hands on first a deckhand and the second time on a camera man.
No one is allowed to touch anyone under any circumstances!
A little anecdote for you…
I know of a Captain that had trouble with a Tankerman/Deckhand. The deckhand was being insubordinate and doing anything he could to undermine the Captain.
The Captain was a very easy going fella and had never had a deckhand walk off the boat on him in 20 years.
Most deckhands he worked with would request a transfer to his boat not because he let his hands be slackers but because he treated them the way he wanted to be treated.
The Captain had also never “written up” anyone in his entire career and did not want to start.
This deckhand was really pushing the envelope though so he prepared a write up and went out on deck to show it to the insubordinate deckhand and give him one last chance to correct his attitude before he forwarded it on to the office.
The deckhand immediately attacked the Captain as soon as he set foot on the barge.
Little did the deckhand know that this very humble Captain had been a former SF operative in his younger days.
Long story short…
The deckhand was airlifted to the hospital with severe head trauma and the Captain was fired, arrested for battery, and lost his license for 18 months (the USCG wanted to take it for life but he worked out a settlement).
Everyone from the company to the USCG told the Captain that he “took it too far”.
What exactly is too far when someone is trying to hurt you in an industrial environment where you can lose your life very easily just doing your job let alone getting in a grabass match with a dummy?
The Captain neutralized the threat, double timed back to the boat, woke the relief crew, started the engines, dropped all but the last line, and let the relief crew know that the deckhand out on deck needed immediate medical attention.
When he was relieved by the Relief Captain he confined himself to his quarters until the police showed up.
Morale of the story…
Let your deckhand beat your ass or you will lose your license?
More effectively…Everyone keep your hands to yourself no matter what!
The USCG really came down hard on this Captain but when it comes to TV Reality Show Captains anything goes I guess.
Why would I make this statement?
A few examples for you…
Explosives (fireworks) on the vessel in International waters.
Weapons on the vessel in International waters.
Fighting onboard the vessel.
Drug and alcohol use (crew members coming back to the boat intoxicated and going directly on watch while intoxicated).
Crew members falling asleep while on wheel watch.
Crew (like Captains) admitting to hard core drug use while off the boat. You never stop being a US Merchant Marine Officer.
If you use heroin when you are home that is still Conduct Unbecoming a United States Merchant Marine Officer.
Countless hours behind the helm violating the 12 hour rule as documented by time lapse camera footage.
…so many more my fingers are getting too sore to list.
Not to mention the antics of the idiots on “Great Lakes Warriors” and all the violations of Federal law that they committed during that show.
Why does the USCG not make an example out of these camera hog dumb dumbs for all other mariners to see and take heed?
Why are Captains and other crew members allowed to attack their ship mates without any repercussions?
Why does the USCG go after a nobody Captain for defending himself but takes no action against idiots that violate Federal laws on International TV?
Would anyone with the USCG care to chime in on this one?