Below Deck and Below Deck Mediterranean crew members know there are quite a few hot buttons that will anger their captain. From fraternizing with guests to (literally) laying down on the job, there are plenty of ways to get under the captain’s skin.
Captain Lee Rosbach always says at the beginning of the season, “Don’t embarrass yourself and don’t embarrass the boat.” Sounds simple enough but someone on the crew manages to embarrass both themselves and the boat just about every season.
But before bad behavior, not obeying safety issues will truly anger both Rosbach and Captain Sandy Yawn. Last season of Below Deck was riddled with safety snafus. And while the crew this season on Below Deck Med have stayed safe, they do one thing that sets off Yawn.
This is one quick way to anger the captain
Turning off the radio is one huge safety issue on both Below Deck and Below Deck Mediterranean. Bosun Chandler Brooks from Below Deck decided to change the radio frequency when he didn’t want to hear a conversation between the crew that didn’t concern him. This infuriated Rosbach.
Robach expressed frustration about Brooks in an episode. “When you all decide to switch your radios, it would be nice to let someone know,” Hollywood Life recounted. “I’ve been calling everybody and nobody said sh*t.”
He dives further into the issue with Brooks too. “Something bad happens and I’m calling on the radio and I need assistance… I need to get everybody to their muster stations, and you’re not answering your f**king radio. Are you f**king kidding me?”
During the “Man Overboard” episode of Below Deck, deckhand Rhylee Gerber quickly announced on the radio that deckhand Ashton Pienaar was swept into the ocean. Without being able to radio the crew, Pienaar may have drowned.
And it happens again, but this time on ‘Below Deck Med’
The crew is short staffed because now one crew member had to assume the position of chef. But someone manages to turn off the radio at the moment service begins. Chief stew Hannah Ferrier calls for help with running plates for dinner service. Crickets.
Bosun João Franco is busy showing the team a video on his phone. They disband as Ferrier continues to call for help. Yawn witnesses the scene and asks Ferrier what she needs. When Yawn tells Ferrier she will get the deck team to help her, she doesn’t sound happy.
The deck team then scrambles to help Ferrier as Yawn fumes. “Now I’m getting mad,” she says in a confessional interview. “Seriously. We’re short staffed, the crew needs to step it up. There’s a job to be done still.” Yawn is then seen going back to the crew quarters where she lays into the team.
Yawn has discussed the seriousness of safety issues before. She told host Andy Cohen Rosbach faced prison if Pienaar had died during the near drowning. “Captain Lee would have ended up in prison no matter what even if it wasn’t his fault,” she said while on the Watch What Happens Live After Show. “Yeah, because we hold a federal license, so no matter what. You see these captains go to prison in aviation and maritime.”