Season 10 of Discovery’s Deadliest Catch comes to an epic close tonight with a two-hour finale that finds the fleet facing an Arctic storm with hurricane-force winds. Each boat deals with its own form of danger and drama, but fans who were happy to see the Cornelia Marie back in the Bering Sea will be especially tense.
Having finished its Opie season, the Cornelia is docked at Dutch Harbor when the storm strikes. All the camera equipment is already off the boat when Ben Staley, a producer with Original Productions who’d been embedded with the Cornelia, hears from Capt. Casey McManus that 100 mph gusts are snapping lines at the dock and they have to get down there. Unable to reach boat owner Josh Harris, who’s already caught a flight out, McManus has to decide whether to keep the Cornelia put and risk all the lines snapping, sending her into the rocks some 200 feet away, or to try to run the boat to a safer location (and risk ending up in the rocks in the process anyway).
Phoning in to Entertainment Weekly Radio, Staley said the entire ordeal—which is edited down to an excruciating 15 minutes—actually lasted four or five hours. “Casey, who has been a fisherman since he was about eight or nine years old, [has] finally got the chance to captain a boat—and it’s the Cornelia Marie, which is kind of a legendary boat,” Staley said. “And here he is at the end of the season having to make these life or death decisions on if he’s gonna destroy the boat or not. Nobody would want to be in those shoes, and one error would be disastrous.” READ FULL STORY