‘Deadliest Catch’: Mandy Hansen at the Helm without Sig Hit by Freak Accident

Deadliest Catch star Captain Sig Hansen leaves his daughter Mandy Hansen alone at the helm on Tuesday night’s show. As a skipper-in-training, Mandy suddenly faces a freak accident, according to the show’s previews.

So far the 23-year-old Mandy follows in her father’s footsteps when it comes to decisions at sea. But how will she fare through this latest drama? With Captain Sig Hansen and the Northwestern crew set on bringing in their share of crab, Mandy Hansen has her work cut out for her.

Deadliest Catch: Sig Hansen Relying More on Mandy Hansen

The unforgiving Bering Sea is not an environment for the weak of heart. So far it looks like Sig’s daughter, Mandy Hansen, has what it takes to make a living off of one of the deadliest jobs on the planet.

As a captain-in-training, Mandy stepped up her game big time already during this Deadliest Catch season. She recently made a gut-decision on board the Northwestern that put them in line for the big bucks.

The Captain is Only as Good as Their Crew

The competition is on as the Deadliest Catch captains and crews vie for their quota of crab. A captain is only as good as his crew. This season some pull their weight, others don’t, then some do the work of three people on deck.

Taking on a new greenhorn is risky business. You can’t just give them their walking papers out in the middle of the Bering Sea. So if they don’t work out, your stuck with them as a captain. The captain of the Summer Bay, Wild Bill, found that out the hard way after taking on two greenhorns this Deadliest Catch season.

Deadliest Catch: Greenhorn Problems

One of the Summer Bay greenhorns is described by Captain Wild Bill as someone born with a silver spoon in his mouth. So hard work might come as something new to him. But the Deadliest Catch crew make a living doing grueling work out on the open sea. So Bill tries to whip him into shape.

Needless to say, this greenhorn caught the wrath of Wild Bill several times already this season. Not pulling his weight puts the crew behind.

Like Father – Like Daughter

Inept greenhorns and a few injuries already slowed the Deadliest Catch captains down this season. Sig Hansen has taken his daughter under his wing – he calls her his captain-in-training. She proved herself this season so far when she went with her instincts for finding the crab.

Mandy Hansen is a Maritime Academy alumni and in training to be a relief skipper for her dad, Sig Hansen. She’s on board the Northwestern working alongside her dad and his crew.

Deadliest Catch: Mandy Hansen Steps Up

Proud dad Sig Hansen watched as Mandy Hansen didn’t waffle recently when a decision had to be made. Instead, she stepped up and set a course for the crab.

Sig found someone set their pots out in front of his cages as the crab swarm neared. Needless to say, he was furious. This left Sig with almost empty crab pots on a previous Deadliest Catch episode.

This set off Sig and as his temper flared, his daughter Mandy Hansen made the decision to move on. She set a course for where she believed the crab swarm was headed. She looked at the radar, but she also used her instincts to predict the future path of the crustaceans.

Skipper in Training Sets Course for Crab

Acting like a skipper, Mandy set the course for about five miles out and the pressure was on. Once they let the cages soak a while in the sea, it was time to see if Mandy’s move paid off.

Once they started pulling in the crab pots, it became immediately obvious – this skipper-in-training knows her stuff. Sig Hansen was one proud dad as the crab count quickly added up.

According to Tuesday night’s Deadliest Catch preview, a “freak accident strikes the Northwestern” when Sig’s daughter is alone at the helm. It looks like Mandy Hansen is about to face another test but this one sounds a bit urgent than finding the crab.

Deadliest Catch Promises Drama

Deadliest Catch previews promised a “seriously dramatic” season 15 with “massive wives” and injuries. It looks like this Deadliest Catch season is living up to its promises.

Tune into the Discovery Channel on Tuesday night at 9 pm. local time to catch the episode Failure to Launch from Deadliest Catch.

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