Ship captain charged in death had role on 'Deadliest Catch'

4:40 PM, Jan 27, 2011   |    comments
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KENAI, Alaska (AP) -- An Alaska man charged with manslaughter once captained a ship on the pilot that spawned the cable TV show "Deadliest Catch."

The Peninsula Clarion reports Clarence "Ole" Helgevold, 59, was the captain of the Arctic Dawn. That was the vessel featured in a 2004 three-part miniseries titled "America's Deadliest Season." The Clarion reports the show, effectively a pilot for "Deadliest Catch," followed Helgevold and his crew during the 2003-2004 opilio crab season.

Helgevold was charged last week with driving under the influence and manslaughter after his car struck a snowmachine and killed George Larion, 47.

The Arctic Dawn was substantially damaged in September when it caught fire while moored in Seattle.

The Associated Press

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