‘Deadliest Catch’ crewman seriously injured on same boat that lost a fisherman last year

It was a devastating night on Deadliest Catch, Tuesday, as viewers got a reminder of just how dangerous crab fishing can be.

While setting crab pots in rough seas, a rogue wave knocked a 700 pound crab pot off the launcher, pinning Patricia Lee deckhand Francis Katungin against the railing.

In fact, the injury was so bad that veteran Deadliest Catch producer Todd Stanley stepped out from behind the camera to provide first aid. News of the injury quickly spread through the fleet.

“Last year, Todd was killed on that boat,” said Corneilia Marie co-captain Casey McManus.“Now he's having another guy get crushed. This is just... I mean…”

Deckhand Todd Kochutin died on the Patricia Lee eight months earlier, after reportedly being struck by a crab pot and succumbing to his injuries.

We still don’t know the fate of Katungin, as the episode ended with Captain Rip Carlton steaming 16 hours to get within range for a US Coast Guard helicopter to evacuate the wounded fisherman.

“You gotta do the best job you can,” Carlton said. “My best job is to get this boat to a safe spot for the Coast Guard to get Francis off, which is not gonna be easy.”

Video Transcript

CAPTAIN RIP CARLTON: I'm devastated completely [BLEEPS] devastated.

KYLIE MAR: It was a devastating night on "Deadliest Catch" Tuesday as viewers got a reminder of just how dangerous crab fishing can be.

CAPTAIN RIP CARLTON: Big wave. Big wave.

[SCREAMS]

- [INAUDIBLE]

- Just breathe, buddy. Just breathe. Deep breaths. Deep breaths.

CAPTAIN RIP CARLTON: Guys, is he OK?

KYLIE MAR: While setting crab pots in rough seas, a rogue wave knocked a 700-pound crab pot off the launcher pinning Patricia Lee deckhand Francis Katungin against the railing. In fact, the injury was so bad that veteran "Deadliest Catch" producer Todd Stanley stepped out from behind the camera to provide first aid.

- We need that going.

- Yeah.

- We need to keep him warm.

TODD STANLEY: Man, I thought you saw me. You all right?

Francis? Are we OK here?

- Don't-- don't move.

- Don't move. Don't move.

KYLIE MAR: News of the injury quickly spread through the fleet.

- Last year, Todd was killed on that boat. And now he's having another guy get crushed. This is just-- I mean--

KYLIE MAR: Deckhand Todd Kochutin died on the Patricia Lee eight months ago after reportedly being struck by a crab pot and succumbing to his injuries. We still don't know the fate of Katungin as the episode ended with Captain Rip Carlton steaming 16 hours to get within range for a US Coast helicopter to evacuate the wounded fishermen.

CAPTAIN RIP CARLTON: Trying to do the best job you can. My best job is to get this boat to a safe spot for the Coast Guard to get Francis off, which is not going to be easy.

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