Time Bandit Captains Haul In Deadliest Catch Brothers Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand are captains of the Time Bandit on Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch. They battle the frigid Bering Sea fishing for opilio and Alaska king crab, doing one of the world's deadliest jobs.

Time Bandit Captains Haul In Deadliest Catch

Time Bandit Captains Haul In Deadliest Catch

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Brothers Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand called themselves "the Tom Sawyers of the ocean" when they were growing up. Cameron Glendenning/Discovery Channel hide caption

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Brothers Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand called themselves "the Tom Sawyers of the ocean" when they were growing up.

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Brothers Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand are captains of the Time Bandit on Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch. They battle the frigid Bering Sea fishing for opilio and Alaska king crab, doing one of the world's deadliest jobs.

The Hillstrands are the sons of a successful fisherman, and grew up loving the water. In their interview with Neal Conan, Johnathan remembered, "We'd pretend to be pirates and crab fishermen. Our dad used to crab fish, so we used to watch him leave. We always wanted to go with him, you know. He drives off in the sunset with the boat, leave us at home."

Crabbing Brothers Lived to Write About It

Crabbing Brothers Lived to Write About It

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Johnathan and Andy Hillstrand have one of the deadliest jobs in the world. The Hillstrands are crab fishermen off the coast of Alaska, where the waves are huge and the water is cold enough to kill a person in five minutes.

The Hillstrands have been on the Discovery Channel show "The Deadliest Catch," and they've written a book about their adventures called Time Bandit.

Johnathan Hillstrand writes about a day when the boat's motor quit. Stranded, they don't know which to fear more — the silence, or the sound.

"It was so calm and quiet, it was scary," he tells the Bryant Park Project. "And I was helpless with no radios, so I'm just floating out, and getting flushed out into the Bering Sea."

"We're used to hearing loud sounds all the time," Andy Hillstrand says. "So when you hear the lapping of the hulls, it's not like you're in the harbor tied up, just sleeping like a baby. Something bad's coming."

On our blog, video of the Hillstrand brothers' visit to our show.