‘Deadliest Catch’: Keith Colburn Opens Up on Being Hospitalized with COVID-19

by Joe Rutland
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Deadliest Catch Captain Keith Colburn had to be hospitalized after getting COVID-19. It has left him thinking about his future.

Colburn talked about his health situation in an interview with Nicki Swift.

When asked how this affects the ship’s safety protocols, Colburn said, “It’s getting harder and harder for me to just go through it.”

When asked if this might lead Colburn to think about what’s next in his career, the Deadliest Catch captain minced no words.

“Well, I’m definitely thinking about it,” he said. “Yeah, you know, but then you leave town. And it’s beautiful, it’s back home, and look at the stars, you set your gear, awesome fishing. You can’t take that away from me right now.”

Episodes of Deadliest Catch from the Discovery Channel are available to watch right here.

‘Deadliest Catch’ Captain Talks About How Show Is ‘Little Different’ From Others

If you are trying to compare Deadliest Catch to Gold Rush, then please stop.

Colburn has some thoughts about that and he shared them in an interview with Crab Wizard.

He said fishermen travel hundreds of miles away from land. Bad weather hits and can turn fishing boats into dangerous things.

Yes, Colburn does have respect for those Gold Rush miners.

Colburn said, “Well, I think the one thing that’s different is that we’re out on the water and we’re hundreds of miles from land. And you know, sometimes you have to wait for the storm to blow over and you’re at the whim of Mother Nature.

“And I think that’s the one big difference between what we do and what other guys do,” the Deadliest Catch captain said. “I don’t want to minimize what the loggers, the truckers, the miners…I don’t want to minimize how hard that job is with the various shows that they’re making.

“It’s a difficult job,” Colburn said. “It’s just that it’s a little different because, at the end of the day, they don’t have 40-foot waves coming at them.”

Colburn Talks About Getting Into Physical Altercation With Hillstrands

It’s not surprising that a little physical altercation or “dust-up” happened on Deadliest Catch.

The camera crews missed a brawl between the Colburns and the Hillstrands after a trip on the Bering Sea.

Colburn insisted that the show just barely touched on the intense moment.

In an interview with Crab Wizard, he said, “The producers DID NOT play that up, that was an actual occurrence. That was a good old-fashioned Dutch Harbor, after the bar closed, dust-up and it was, you know what, I think at the end of the day everybody had a good time, nobody got hurt, nobody went to jail. That’s a good night out in Dutch for the boys.”

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