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'Deadliest Catch' deckhand caught in crab pot line almost goes overboard

George Back
Producer, Yahoo Entertainment

On Deadliest Catch, greenhorn Josh Taylor had a close call after his foot got caught in a line attached to a crab pot weighing 800 pounds. As the pot plunged to the ocean floor, it almost took Taylor with it.

Taylor broke one of the most important crabbing rules: He lifted his foot with an active line on deck. Taylor said, “Lucky, I was able to unhook myself. … Otherwise, I would have been gone.” Shaken, he added, “Too close.”

In the video, one of his fellow deckhands is seen swatting the rope from behind Taylor’s ankle just before it went over the edge of the boat.

Relieved that no one was hurt, Saga captain Jake Anderson described the danger. “It’s like one of those old, morbid, freaking dark-age torture chamber devices,” he said. “They’ll just rip your leg right off or take you down with it. It’s pretty ugly.” He added, “I hope he learned his lesson.”

Deadliest Catch airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on Discovery.

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