Ballard native Sig Hansen was airlifted to an Anchorage hospital after suffering chest pains at sea during the filming of the Discovery Channel show.

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“Deadliest Catch” star Sig Hansen was airlifted to an Anchorage hospital after suffering chest pains at sea during the filming of the show.

A message to fans was posted on the show’s Facebook page Wednesday afternoon:

“We know there have been a lot of questions about Sig today. But we wanted to make sure we had as much information for you as possible before sharing. … While Sig was determined to keep going, the crew acted swiftly and insisted that they dock to get him help. He was airlifted to Anchorage, Alaska, and immediately rushed to a medical facility.

“He is with his family and in good spirits. Please send him your love and prayers!”

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Hansen’s Norwegian parents raised him in Ballard. His no-nonsense, hard-driving style won fans from around the globe for  “Deadliest Catch,” a Discovery Channel reality show that is about to premiere its  12th season. It features hardy crews enduring the  rigors of fishing for crab in the Bering Sea, including Hansen’s group aboard the Northwestern.

“You should have seen my dad … my granddad, my Uncle Karl, and all the men who came over from Norway or ventured north from Seattle to pioneer the crab industry long before cable television, GPS, satellite phones and computer depth finders and plotters. Hell, they were doing it in wooden boats,” Hansen wrote in in his memoir, “North by Northwestern: A Seafaring Family on Deadly Alaskan Waters.”