'Deadliest Catch': Kerby Mitchell Loses Focus For A Moment And Nearly Crushes His Own Son (VIDEO)

04/24/2013 08:04 am ET | Updated Apr 24, 2013

Engineer Kerby Mitchell almost made a deadly mistake he would have never been able to forgive himself for on "Deadliest Catch." He was still learning how to operate the crane that moves the crab pots aboard the Cape Caution, and he quickly learned that you shouldn't operate that machine on little to no sleep.

After working all night, he lost focus of the crane and crushed his own son, Mike, between two 800-pound crab pots.

"You just hit your kid, man," he was told.

Thankfully, Mike was okay after the incident, and Kerby apologized, but Captain Bill didn't want to take any chances. He removed Kerby from manning the crane.

The Examiner understood Bill's decision to take him off of the crane. After all, they both have sons working on the ship, and they need to do what they can to keep their boys safe.

Danger lurks around every corner on "Deadliest Catch," Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Discovery.

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