Johnathan Hillstrand’s On-Line Chat Transcript 07 May 1

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Johnathan Hillstrand's On-Line Chat Transcript 07 May 1

Discovery: Welcome this week's Deadliest Catch chat. Our guest is Johnathan Hillstrand, captain aboard the Time Bandit, his family built, owned and operated the vessel. This season, the Time Bandit was involved in a daring rescue. Ask Johnathan about the rescue and this season of fishing now.

Johnathan Hillstrand: Hi, it's nice to be here, I look forward to your questions. Let's get started!

Bil: How were you able to get close to the guy you saved, it seemed like a long way to go and how was he able to grab onto the life line? Also, how long can everybody stay awake and working before the risk of accidents go way up to an unacceptable level.

Johnathan Hillstrand: It's like pulling up to a buoy, so once I located him I kept an eye on him between the waves. I lost track of him but was watching the life ring, I was going towards that and saw him again. The waves helped, putting him right up to rail level. If we would have dropped him we might not have been able to reach him in time; a minute's delay can be the difference between life and death. As for time without sleep, it's up to every captain to decide that. I know when I'm tired I know my guys are even more tired. I watch my guys to know when that point is.

dandigirl1: Captain, how much do you all smoke a day??

Johnathan Hillstrand: I'm down to about a pack, but I was smoking about three packs. I'm trying to quit, but we smoke a lot of cigarettes. It's a pretty high-stress job.

CatManDo: You guys seem to like to pull pranks. What's your favorite prank so far?

Johnathan Hillstrand: My favorite was on the roof with about 100 gallons of water. I got one of the guys, painted a big red X on the dock. He came out and asked what it was for and I hit him with the water - parted his hair right down the middle. That was at the end of the water fight, it started with a glass of water at the beginning of the day.

Lori: A successful crabbing operation would require teamwork; therefore, what do you think are the top two teamwork qualities necessary to work on the Time Bandit?

Johnathan Hillstrand: That's tough. We just work together. You have to have a good attitude, you don't bring your problems on the boat - if you're wife's leaving you or whatever. Like I said, a good attitude.

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