07/10/2013 06:06 am ET Updated Jul 10, 2013

'Deadliest Catch': Approaching Icy Waters, One Crewman Is Nearly Knocked Overboard (VIDEO)

The men on "Deadliest Catch" face certain death every day. For the crew of the Seabrooke, it was the chance of a cold, watery grave that they were faced with as the ship was headed for ice. They scrambled to collect the pots before they were swallowed by the oncoming ice when the fairly standard task took an unexpected and dangerous turn.

Suddenly, one of the crewmen, Aaron Steiner, fell over the railing and got slammed by a pot. It happened quickly, but luckily for Steiner, a fellow crewman moved even quicker.

“I’d say that’s about as close as you can come to going over and not going over," said Captain Scott Campbell Jr. after the rescue. Steiner couldn't believe he was still there and still alive. Examiner called that moment the scariest thing imaginable in such "horrendous conditions."

Had Steiner fallen into the water, he would have been submerged instantly and most likely died before the crew could mount a water rescue. The outdoor temperature was at -39 degrees. That quick response time from Kevin "Kado" Davis may have been because the exact same thing happened to him nine years ago when he was aboard the Saga. Quick thinking by another crewman saved his life then.

The danger is very real as the crews risk their lives every week on "Deadliest Catch," Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Discovery.

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