'Deadliest Catch' Season 16 Episode 15 Preview: With tragedy aboard, can Cornelia Marie tackle latest crisis?

Sig Hansen and his Northwestern might have been enjoying a massive haul, but in the meantime, Sig's troublesome back makes life difficult for him as daughter Mandy takes control


                            'Deadliest Catch' Season 16 Episode 15 Preview: With tragedy aboard, can Cornelia Marie tackle latest crisis?
(Discovery)
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The winter season has been challenging for the captains and crews as they race to make sure they pip Russia to the opilio crab hunt. The previous episode, 'Bering Sea Crash', followed the Summer Bay, Cornelia Marie and Lady Alaska's journey through the rough waters as they try and haul as much crab as they can in tough conditions.

The Summer Bay and the Lady Alaska were a man down as they get battered by the rough storm. Bill's greenhorn, Mahlon injured himself while pulling a pot and is down for the count, while Mac, Junior's trusted engineer, gets hit by a 25-foot rogue wave that launches the ice off the deck and slams into his back. 'Bering Sea Crash' was all about learning a valuable lesson. This profession isn't for slackers or the faint of heart. There's a challenge almost every day and that makes it difficult for most to even think of doing this in the long run. The injury woes don't seem to cease for the skippers in the upcoming episode as well. Sig Hansen and his Northwestern might have been enjoying a massive haul, but in the meantime, Sig's troublesome back makes life difficult for him as daughter Mandy takes control. The same goes for Keith Colburn of the Wizard as his umbilical hernia makes it harder to help the crew. There's also tragedy aboard the Cornelia Marie and that we will know soon when the episode airs.

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Titled, 'Gut Instinct', the episode's synopsis reads: "As an injury knocks Sig out of his wheelhouse, Mandy takes the helm to face a disgruntled Northwestern crew; on the Wizard, damaged hydraulics and an umbilical hernia deal Keith a double gut punch; Josh and Casey suffer tragedy on the Cornelia Marie." From the synopsis, it also looks like the Wizard's mechanical troubles are far from over. Hydraulic issues have plagued the skippers and their vessels throughout the season and only time will tell how the Colburns tackle the latest conundrum.

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What do you think is the tragedy aboard the Cornelia Marie?

'Deadliest Catch' Season 16 airs Tuesdays 8 pm ET on Discovery.