Captain Sig Hansen’s daughter was determined to follow in her father’s footsteps.
At 18, Mandy Hansen became one of the youngest women to fish the Bering Sea in winter. Now father and daughter are going to Norway for the movie “Deadly Catch: The Viking Returns”. The reality series is a spin-off of Discovery’s “Deadliest Catch,” which follows fishing in the Bering Sea during Alaska’s snow season and crab season.
“Fishing is part of my heritage and culture,” Mandy told People magazine on Thursday. “I wasn’t going to let anyone stop me, including my dad.”
“I’m just lucky that I can spend time with my dad and see him on the field,” shared the 27-year-old player. “A lot of people just can’t do it. And I learn from one of the best.”
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According to the publication, the Hansen family comes from a long line of Norwegian fishermen. However, the patriarch did not want to let his daughter join his ranks.
“I didn’t want her on the boat,” the 56-year-old admitted. “I’ve lost so many friends… you can’t even begin to understand. You are risking your life there.”
Mandy is also a new mom. She welcomed a daughter, Sailor Marie, last November with her husband of five years, Clark Pederson. Yet she was determined to conquer the male-dominated industry, despite her father’s concerns.
“The thing is, I’m still there,” Mandy said. “I am not on earth. I’m home. I always try to be the hardest worker in the room and that’s the best I can do.”
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Mandy told the publication that she is looking forward to the day she can show her daughter the ropes.
“I can’t wait to bring it there,” she said. “I don’t know about the Bering Sea, but in the summer we are in Córdoba, in the Valdez region, it is much calmer there. I would like to take her there with me.”
In 2019, Hansen told Fox News Digital that her family is successfully living the American dream.
“As for me, I try to be like my dad,” he explained at the time. “Norwegian origin and very conservative. The American Dream for us is simply a family business. A small business, but sometimes it works well. We want to see a sustainable industry so I can pass that on to my children. I have a grandson now and maybe one day he will participate.
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“It’s because of this very conservative mentality, I think,” he added.
Hansen noted that the key to success is simple.
“All you have to do is work hard!” Hansen said. “If you work hard, you win and that’s it. Very simple math.”