‘Deadliest Catch’ crabber files lawsuit in King County after fireworks injury

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SEATTLE (AP) — A crab fisherman featured on the Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch” TV show is suing his former employers over a fireworks injury he suffered aboard the Time Bandit in 2013.

The Seattlepi.com reports that David Zielinski was working as a deckhand on the Time Bandit when a mortar-style firework blew up in his hand. Bones in his right hand and forearm were shattered.

Zielinski filed a lawsuit Tuesday in King County Superior Court, saying the firework was a Time Bandit-brand device that exploded prematurely. According to media accounts, Zielinski was taken to Dutch Harbor, Alaska, and flown to Seattle for treatment.

Show representatives didn’t answer requests for comment.

Court papers say the effects of the accident are hurting Zielinski financially. Time Bandit and New Era Alaska Inc. are named as defendants.

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