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Man travels to Alaska to be fisherman, jumps to death

A California man who traveled to Alaska to become a fisherman after watching "Deadliest Catch" leaped to his death at the Port of Anchorage early Wednesday, police said. 

The 31-year-old man had been in the city less than 24 hours when he was picked up by police after saying he wanted to hurt himself. He said he came to Alaska because he wanted to be a fisherman after watching a few episodes of the reality show "Deadliest Catch," police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker told msnbc.com.

"We get a lot of people who come to Alaska who have strange ideas of what Alaska's about," he said.


Police said officers took the man to the Alaska Psychiatric Institute around 3 a.m., but he was released two and a half hours later with a taxi voucher to go to a local shelter.

"He only had $70 in his pocket; apparently he was somewhat despondent," Parker told NBC station KTUU. "(Alaska) turned out, perhaps, to be something different than he had anticipated."

Around 6 a.m., he forced the cab driver out of the taxi and drove to the port. 

"Since he didn't really know the city, that's where he ended up." Parker said. 

After speeding through a port checkpoint, he abandoned the car and climbed a 50-foot fuel tank.

Parker said that after port security called the police, the man jumped off the tank onto a platform and died around 6:30 a.m.

His identity is being withheld until next of kin can be notified. 

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