Deadliest Catch’s Sig Hansen on Returning to Work After Heart Attack: ‘I Would Feel Foolish’


He’s hesitant. Deadliest Catch star Sig Hansen opens up about returning to work after suffering a heart attack while on the job in a preview for the Tuesday, June 13, episode of the Discovery Channel docuseries. See what he had to say in the video above!

“That’s where I had my heart attack,” Hansen, the 51-year-old captain of the Northwestern, says in the sneak peek. “Now I’m back a year later, and I would feel foolish to go up there and push my luck.”

Sig Hansen attends Discovery's 30th Anniversary Celebration at The Paley Center for Media on June 24, 2015 in New York City.
Sig Hansen attends Discovery’s 30th Anniversary Celebration at The Paley Center for Media on June 24, 2015 in New York City. Mike Pont/WireImage

Hansen’s heart attack came during a fishing trip last year in Alaska’s rough waters. He was with a producer who was filming footage for season 12 of the reality show. Shortly after presenting symptoms, the father of two — he shares daughters Mandy and Nina with wife June — rushed his boat to the nearest port, and was then airlifted to a hospital in Anchorage.

Hansen’s hospitalization will play out on the two-part season 12 finale of Deadliest Catch, beginning Tuesday, June 13, on the Discovery Channel at 9 p.m. ET.

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