‘Below Deck Med’: João Franco Was ‘Biting My Tongue (Holding My Thumbs)’ Over Current Season
The bosun turned yacht captain watched the latest painful episode and tweeted, “Biting my tongue (holding my thumbs) so hard for what I feel about this season of #BelowDeckMed.” The last episode featured a tearful farewell to chef Hindrigo “Kiko” Lorran. But it finished with Captain Sandy Yawn confronting a crew member who has drugs on board the boat.
The crew member’s name has yet to be revealed. However, production has surreptitiously filmed chief stew Hannah Ferrier taking medication at night. Ferrier shared she was taking Advil for swollen feet. But after Lorran was fired, Ferrier had a panic attack in the middle of the night. Bosun Malia White, who bunks with Ferrier was there to comfort and support her. During the attack, Ferrier remarked that she needed a valium.
João Franco shares maritime law as Malia White goes on the defense
Previews show Yawn looking at a photo on her phone and seems shocked. She’s later seen delivering the line, “It’s been brought to my attention that you have drugs on board.”
White quickly shared a lengthy post about maritime law and crew drug use. She later deleted her comments, which may have been an overreach on her contract with Bravo. But essentially she reminded viewers that any medication must be registered with the captain. Plus the crew is on duty 24/7 and it becomes a safety issue.
Franco took a screenshot of maritime law regarding medication declaration. “There are many ways of handling situations like these onboard but for all those who have asked and are interested in the maritime law regarding prescription drugs onboard, look up MGN 296 or regulations in the #maritimelabourconvention #BelowDeckMed,” he tweeted along with the screenshot.
Captain Sandy says drugs are handled differently when it comes to the crew
Yawn addressed the differences between what happens when a crew member has drugs on board the boat versus the guest. Captain Glenn Shephard from Below Deck Sailing Yacht suspected a guest had drugs on board after two crew members shared their own suspicions. He searched the guest’s cabin and turned up empty-handed.
Yawn told Showbiz Cheat Sheet she wouldn’t dig through the guest’s belongings but tell the primary to make sure the drugs were taking off her boat. “Just go to the primary,” she said. “I don’t address the person with the drugs unless it is the primary. I just pull them aside and let them know the ultimate goal is for you to enjoy your friends and enjoy the charter. I’m not here to be a joy kill.”
So then I’ll just say, ‘Can you please go talk to your friends and take the drugs off the boat?’ That’s how I talk to them and they’re usually really cool about it.”
But she has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to the crew. “If it’s the crew, it’s immediate dismissal,” she told Reality Check. “Period. It’s zero tolerance. It’s very different. We’re responsible for lives. And that’s really the difference.”