‘Deadliest Catch’ Star Sig Hansen Suffered a Heart Attack, Demanded to Keep Fishing

Sig Hansen, right, and Jake Anderson in the wheelhouse of the 'Northwestern.'
Sig Hansen, right, and Jake Anderson in the wheelhouse of the 'Northwestern.' Courtesy Discovery

Sig Hansen, star of Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch, was airlifted to an Anchorage hospital after suffering chest pains while filming the show's latest season. The 49-year-old had insisted on continuing to fish from his ship, the Northwestern, despite the pain. Thankfully, crewmembers intervened and sought help.

A statement was released on Deadliest Catch's Facebook page, noting he is currently recovering alongside family and friends.

"Hey Catch Crew — We know there have been a lot of questions about Sig today. But we wanted to make sure we had as much information for you as possible before sharing," the message read.

"Captain Sig Hansen experienced chest pain at sea during the taping of Deadliest Catch. While Sig was determined to keep going, the crew acted swiftly and insisted that they dock to get him 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 has starred on Discovery's popular series since 2006. He got his start fishing at age 14, when he began to learn the craft from his father on the family boat Northwestern.