Someone who was particularly heartbroken over the death of Kyle Craig was Casey McManus, captain of the F/V Cornelia Marie. While partaking in a fishing competition at Hawaii’s scenic Keauhou Harbor, he received a shocking and devastating phone call: his buddy passed away.
In an emotional “Deadliest Catch: Bloodline” scene, McManus says of Craig, “He crewed on the Cornelia for years. I grew up with that guy. I’ve known him my whole life. We went to high school together. You would have some of the worst days on the Bering Sea, and Kyle would always get you to laugh. He was a close friend.”
McManus expressed regret about the last time he saw Craig two months prior. Craig had stopped by the boat to see McManus, but the latter received a work-related phone call and rushed away, no hug goodbye. In retrospect, he wishes his priorities were different that day. He says, “It just makes you wonder why you spend so much time on the water.”