Deadliest Catch Captain Phil Harris is showing “good signs of improvement” after suffering a stroke last Friday, sons Jake and Josh Harris told fans this week.
Harris was airlifted to an Anchorage hospital after collapsing while unloading his boat, The Cornelia Marie, at a port on St. Paul Island, Alaska. Doctors there placed Harris under a coma to reduce brain swelling. The tattooed Skipper woke up from the medically-induced coma yesterday afternoon with fighting words for his nurses.
“Today Dad showed some good signs of improvement, squeezing our hands and even summoning his trademark captain’s bluntness by telling the doctors and nurses, ‘Don’t f–k up,’” Josh and Jake reported on the Discovery Channel show’s site Wednesday. “We are encouraged, but still very cautious. It is a long road ahead, but it’s made more bearable and comforting knowing your thoughts and prayers are with us. We are strong because of youâ€”our fans.”
Deadliest Catch is a reality fan favorite and even won an Emmy for its adventures on the high seas.