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Crab Boat Deckhand From TV's Deadliest Catch Pleads Guilty to Three Bank Robberies


A 23 year old crab boat deckhand who appeared on the Deadliest Catch television series has pled guilty to three bank robberies in Eugene, Oregon. Joshua Tel Warner worked on the Alaska crab boat WIZARD, which is featured on the Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch. Warner's appearance on the show led viewers to identify him as the person who committed the Oregon bank robberies. During the robberies which occurred in 2007 and 2009,Warner passed the bank tellers notes threaten to kill them if they did not give him money. Warner will serve 9 1/2 years in jail for the robberies.

Alaska deckhands and fish processors with criminal backgrounds or history of drug and alcohol abuse are not uncommon in the industry. On some vessels there simply is not a lot of checking into A crewman's work history or criminal background. Warner is far from the first deckhand who has tried to hide a criminal past on an Alaska commercial fishing boat.

Working in Alaska on a commercial fishing boat is not for everyone. The work is isolated and requires long hours and days of work at time with little rest. It's a dangerous job that can pay very well. Commercial fishing offers many workers who otherwise couldn't qualify for employment the opportunity to make sometimes as much as four to five times what they can make shoreside. The important factor for deckhands and fish processors is can you work long hours at high speeds for days at a time. Whether you graduated from high school, can speak English, or have a criminal record are all secondary considerations as to whether or not a worker can get the job done.

Although shows like the Deadliest Catch romanticize working as a fishing boat deckhand in Alaska, the industry brings together a sometimes explosive mixture of cultures, backgrounds, education and personalities. Fights, sexual assaults and discrimination remain high risks of working on commercial fishing boats in Alaska. It is important for new crew members to fully investigate the history and reputation of the vessel they intend to work upon before accepting a job.

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