'Deadliest Catch': Capt. Andy Hillstrand on honoring Phil Harris, danger at sea and an absent friend

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Fans who watched the seventh-season premiere of Discovery Channel's reality hit "Deadliest Catch" last Tuesday (April 12) saw the crab-fleet captains gather to pay tribute to friend and fellow skipper Phil Harris, who died last February after suffering a major stroke.A Harley-Davidson fuel tank -- complete with a portrait of avid biker Harris by airbrush artist Mike Lavallee -- was put into a crab pot and then dropped into the Bering Sea near Priest Rock, located at the entrance to the fleet's off-loading port of Dutch Harbor, Alaska.Fans who saw the end of last season may have thought that fuel tank looked very similar to one that was buried after a formal funeral service early last year, but with a different portrait of the bearded, raspy-voiced skipper of the F/V Cornelia Marie.Apparently the halves of a single tank shared Harris' cremated remains."The tank was cut in half," says Andy Hillstrand, who shares the captain's chair...


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