Man down! The Below Deck Season 9 trailer came out last month. For the first time, the crew will be seen with a different captain at the helm. Captain Lee Rosbach had another setback before starting the charter season.
This sounds eerily similar to the previous season. The longtime sea captain spoke out about his health scare in a new interview. He’s MIA in the first episode once again. He’s been having a hard time with his age and health in recent seasons.
Below Deck star had a scary fall before Season 8
Captain Lee was nowhere to be found on the yacht during Season 8 of Below Deck. Then-bosun Eddie Lucas looked around on the boat and wondered where Lee was. He called his boss, who revealed that he fell in the shower and injured his ribs. In an interview with The Daily Dish on November 4, Lee shared what happened that morning.
“I was getting out of the shower, and I don’t know why they gave me this little postage stamp of a bathmat to step onto when I get out of the shower,” the blunt captain said. “And the door doesn’t open out, it opens in. So you have to kind of standoff to the side in order to get out of the shower, and then the sink’s right here on your right. I should have put a towel down or something because it’s marble floors, and marble on water gets really slippery. And I just slipped and fell into the sink.”
These are accidents that can happen to anyone. Still, Lee said he “felt really stupid” at the time. The crew was set to arrive at the yacht soon. A new charter season was underway. Lee couldn’t help but think to himself, “I don’t believe this. I so screwed this up.” When he learned what happened, he then realized that he needed medical attention.
What happened to Captain Lee this time around
In a new interview with E! News, Captain Lee revealed why the crew was without him. Below Deck fans were upset to see the Season 9 trailer not feature their favorite captain. The crew was introduced to a new captain. Lee had to remain on land due to a “condition.” Captain Sean Meagher was to handle the crew until Lee returned.
Thankfully, Lee recovered. He’s seen in the latter part of the trailer. Now, he’s sharing how he’s feeling after his health “condition.”
“The timing was mainly screwed up,” Lee told E! News. “Because we have such a tight shooting schedule, it was imperative that the guests’ charters start and end on time so it didn’t have a domino effect and impact every charter after that.”
COVID wasn’t the reason behind his health problem. He also called Season 9 “a totally unique year.” Fans can expect a lot of new and fresh things to happen. Lee said he felt like the luckiest guy in the world when he returned to the water.
Below Deck Season 9 premieres Monday, October 25 at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.