Last time I saw Travis Lofland, he was in a world of hurt and hypothermia, and I feared for his well-being. Of course, I wasn’t the only person who saw him that way and worried about him. About 5 million other fans of the Discovery Channel television reality show “Deadliest Catch” saw Lofland fall into the frigid waters below the docks in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, at the end of last season’s series.
It was a seminal moment for Lofland, now 39 years old and living in Sarasota, Fla. And while he doesn’t want to go into any great detail about his departure from the Time Bandit crab fishing vessel—before joining the Time Bandit crew Lofland also worked on the Wizard—he’s pursuing a few things he couldn’t as a full-time commercial fisherman on the Bering Sea.
“Falling off the boat kind of opened my eyes,” says Lofland.