More ‘Deadliest Catch’ Tragedy: Alaska Fishing Boat Captain–Who Was Featured on Discovery Special That Led to ‘Deadliest Catch’ Series–Pleads Guilty in Fatal Crash, Expected to Get Prison Sentence

May 31, 2011  •  Post A Comment

"An Alaska fishing captain who led a crew on the program that spawned the cable TV show ‘Deadliest Catch’ has pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide and driving under the influence in a fatal crash," the Associated Press reports.

The article adds, "Clarence ‘Ole’ Helgevold Jr., of Soldotna, pleaded guilty Friday in Kenai Superior Court under an agreement that stipulates he will serve five years in prison. His sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 25. Helgevold, 60, originally had been charged with manslaughter in January when his car crashed with a snowmobile driven by George Larion. Larion, 47, was thrown from the snowmobile and died at the scene."

Making the "Deadiest Catch" connection, the story says, "Helgevold was captain of the Arctic Dawn, the vessel featured in a 2004 three-part miniseries ‘America’s Deadliest Season.’ The show, effectively a pilot for ‘Deadliest Catch,’ followed Helgevold and his crew during the 2003-2004 opilio crab season, the Peninsula Clarion reported."


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