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The Time Deadliest Catch's Jake Anderson Nearly Crashed His Boat Into A Massive Wall

"Deadliest Catch" has made audiences appreciate the effort that goes into obtaining their delectable crab dinner. The documentary reality series follows crab fishermen on the Bering Sea who must endure extremely dangerous conditions on the rough waters to make their catch. Although it can result in a nice paycheck (via Distractify), it's certainly not for those that are accustomed to lazy afternoon fishing on the lake. With the unforgiving conditions the oceans can bring, Alaskan crab fishing season brings numerous fatalities every year, so much so that the Bureau of Labor Statistics constantly ranks crab fishing amongst the most dangerous professions, even more so than logging, construction, or piloting. 

As can be imagined, it takes some tough individuals to take on this lifestyle, and "Deadliest Catch" has seen some of the roughest and toughest sea captains one can imagine take the crab fisherman lifestyle by the horns and keep hanging on. One of these hardy captains is Jake Anderson, who was first featured on the Season 3 "Deadliest Catch" episode "New Beginnings" in 2007 and continues to be a part of the show today. Audiences have been able to see Anderson grow over the years from a simple novice greenhorn to captain and co-owner of the FV Saga vessel. In that time, Anderson has had to learn plenty of meaningful and hard lessons about being out on the sea. However, on these deadly waters, one mistake can sometimes be all it takes to turn the tides in the worst possible direction. 

Jake proved himself against the 10 foot swells

Fans got to see just how far Jake Anderson has come during one daring moment from "Deadliest Catch." Needing to repair his generator, Anderson must pull onto the dangerous harbor of Saint Paul, Alaska that includes a rocky wall, high-speed winds, and 10-foot tall swells. With the canary on a first come-first serve basis to fix the generator, Anderson can't miss the chance. So he decides to go in and brave the dangerous conditions. "Your approach is fast, then I'll slow down, and I'll wait for what I think is the best moment in between the waves to cut in," he explains. "The problem is if I can't find it and it keeps pushing me in, I can't back out of it." Although he has his scares, the captain manages to ride one of the swells into the harbor and get him and the crew there safely with no damage. 

While it is exciting to watch "Deadliest Catch" for the daring escapades, seeing how the crew members have grown over time is just as awe-inspiring. And while the work is hazardous, the crew themselves believe that what they do is very special. In an interview with Pop Culture Principle, Anderson comments on his favorite aspect of the work, saying, "You are proud of things like it being below zero with twenty-foot seas, and you are eating an ice cream cone on deck. Nobody can do that and say that is fun."