One star on Deadliest Catch reportedly had a scary emergency.
Us Weekly reports that Sig Hansen, a regular on the show since 2006, suffered a medical emergency at sea and had to be evacuated by helicopter to land and then rushed to a hospital for treatment.
According to the site, Hansen started experiencing discomfort in his chest while aboard a fishing boat on March 2, and although he wanted to stay at sea, his crew insisted on getting him medical help.
“Hey Catch Crew, we know there have been a lot of questions about Sig today,” a statement, released on Deadliest Catch‘s Twitter account read. “But we wanted to make sure we had all the info for you. @northwesternsig experienced chest pain at sea. While he wanted to keep going, the crew insisted that they dock to get help. He was airlifted to Anchorage, Alaska, and immediately rushed to a medical facility. He is with his family and in good spirits. Please send him your love and prayers.”
Hansen’s daughter later posted a photo of him to her Instagram account, showing him smiling in a hospital bed. While the photo was deleted quickly after it was posted, Us Weekly reports that the caption suggested Hansen was doing well, despite his medical emergency, though it reportedly did not offer details about what had happened.
Hansen has overcome medical emergencies — and one life-threatening situation — at sea before. On board a fishing vessel where he was serving as the chef, Hansen sprained his ankle and was forced to return to shore. The next time that boat headed out to sea, it never returned. Hansen has spoken about his stroke of life-saving luck, saying, “Basically, a sprained ankle saved my life. I’m lucky to be here.”