As far as reality shows go, Bravo network’s ‘Below Deck’ is undoubtedly a stand-out due to its rather unique premise. The show chronicles the lives of the many crew members who live and work onboard a mega-yacht during the charter season and brings to viewers the many trials and tribulations these crew members go through as they try and keep up with the changing demands of their employers. ‘Below Deck’ made its debut in 2013, and throughout the seven seasons that have aired so far, has seen plenty of explosive controversies.
Among such controversies has been the issue of drugs. Indeed, in the past, there have been instances of illegal drug use by both customers and crew members. In fact, ‘Below Deck’ creator and producer Mark Cronin admitted back in 2018 that he had had to handle a crew member who had a serious cocaine addiction! While the use of drugs on luxury pleasure vessels and by crew members is neither uncommon nor shocking, it does create some moments of genuine drama on the show.
The same is true for the two spin-off shows – ‘Below Deck: Mediterranean’ and ‘Below Deck: Sailing Yacht’ – that have spawned on the back of the original show’s success. As it stands, ‘Below Deck: Mediterranean’ is on its fifth season, and this time, there’s a lot of juicy drug-related drama unfolding below decks. Season 5 of ‘Below Deck: Mediterranean’ set sail in Mallorca, Spain, and it appears that a major drug bust by Captain Sandy Yawn is on the cards. Are you wondering who might be carrying drugs? So are we, and here’s everything we know about the potential drug bust so far.
Who Has Drugs on Below Deck: Mediterranean?
The excitement around the potential drug bust started when Captain Sandy was caught on camera, speaking sternly to an unseen person and saying it was brought to her attention that the individual was carrying drugs on the vessel. The informer, it is known, is Malia White, but the offender, as of now, remains unknown. But, if the events of Season 5 are anything to go by, we might have a suspect on our hands.
In the last episode of ‘Below Deck: Mediterranean’, one of the crew members, Hannah Ferrier, suffered what appeared to be a panic attack, following the departure of her dear friend Chef Kiko from the boat. At the time of her panic attack, Hannah locked herself inside a washroom, and a concerned Malia was seen asking her if she needed anything to which Hannah replied that she needs Valium. Taken aback by Hannah’s request and well-aware of the stringent laws about drug use by crew members, Malia was then seen asking, isn’t it a prescription drug.
Interestingly, Malia’s question remained unanswered, and Hannah replied by saying that her panic attack would “pass in a second.” Immediately afterward, a sound of something like the plastic cap of a bottle is heard dropping on to the bathroom floor.
While this instance in itself is inconclusive, it could indicate that Hannah might have used prescription drugs without logging it and informing Captain Sandy as per maritime laws. Further, following the episode, Malia put up a lengthy Instagram post explaining the stringent regulations governing drug use among crew members, which could be yet another hint. See it here.
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Let me clear the air- medical laws are different at sea and for good reason. NO crew member is allowed to self- administer drugs prescription or not while on a vessel at sea. We are CREW and always ‘on duty’ and our primary goal at sea is to ensure safety of all passengers. Mental health issues are a big deal and that’s why we have proper procedures in place. We all read & sign a drugs & alcohol policy before joining any boat- this is VERY CLEARLY laid out. If any crew member suffers from a mental health condition that they require medication for they must disclose that to the Captain BEFORE signing onto the boat. They then under the supervision of Captain or Officer can be given medication as needed and evaluated to see if they can still stand duty. While at sea the Captain is the medical person in charge- any and all medical decisions MUST go through them. Taking any sedative while on duty is completely illegal and could cost myself, the officers and Captain Sandy all of our licensing. Not to mention possible jail time and fines if an incident occurred & a crew member was found to have been on something without authorization. Reporting any incident especially one we witness is all of our job. Yachting is my career- I’m not here to worry about plot twists & TV drama- I’m here to do my job and learn how to become a Captain. Maritime laws are in place for a reason. All of you expressing your hate- think of it in this perspective… if an emergency was to take place in the middle of the night how would you feel if your crew (the people trained to handle the situation & keep you safe) were on drugs? There are terribly sad stories of crew losing their lives or accidents happening due to unsupervised drug use. The severity of it is why it has become Maritime Law. It’s there to protect both crew & passengers. Reporting someone shouldn’t have a negative stigma – it can save lives! ⚓️ Side note – I do apologize for calling Hannah’s panic attack a ‘freak out’ that was unprofessional and poor wording. I am a huge advocate for Mental Health which is why I just want things done by the book. #belowdeckmed #belowdeck #yachting #crew @bravotv
Since we know that Malia and Hannah are roommates, and we know that Captain Sandy received evidence of drugs from Malia via photos taken on a phone, the seemingly innocuous incident between Malia and Hannah could have a lot of explosive consequences.
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