DC Sig Heart Attack

Deadliest Catch's Sig Hansen Suffers a Heart Attack at Sea: 'I Just Break Down'

Maybe it was inevitable. Already under pressure to meet the Northwestern’s crab quota, plus feeling the aftershocks of a terrifying fire in the engine room, Deadliest Catch captain Sig Hansen suffers a heart attack in this week’s episode.

“How do I put this?” he muses. “At the end of the [fishing] season, this being one of the toughest seasons that we ever had, I just break down.

“There’s only so much you can do,” he continues. “It gets to you.”

Obviously, since the beloved skipper is doing this interview with TVLine, he pulls through. “Yeah, I was very lucky that we were close to shore at the time,” he says. “I was Medevac’d out of Dutch Harbor.”

Now, Hansen is just trying to adjust to the medication that his doctors prescribed. “It’s very difficult to get used to,” he notes. “But once I do, I’ll be OK.”

He could further tip the scales in his favor by giving up cigarettes, and he knows it. However, only “20 percent of the reason I had the heart attack was smoking. The rest was hereditary and genetic,” he insists. “The doctors said get used to the meds first,” then quit smoking.

The dramatic hour premieres on Discovery Tuesday evening at 9/8c, after the the skippers rate and debate the season to date on Deadliest Catch: The Bait (8/7c).