Katie Flood has defended Captain Sandy over ‘micromanaging’ label (Picture: hayu)
Below Deck newcomer Katie Flood has defended Captain Sandy Yawn after she was branded a ‘micro-manager’.
Viewers of Below Deck Mediterranean have turned against the star over the last few years, due to her treatment of the cast, with tensions coming to a head in series five when she sacked chief stewardess Hannah Ferrier.
However Katie, who has replaced Hannah for season six of the boat-based reality show, insisted that she had a great time working with the captain on board.
‘Me and Sandy got along really well,’ the 29-year-old told Decider. ‘I had a really positive experience working with her and she really trusted me. She didn’t come across as a micromanager as some captains do and we had a really good relationship, so I really enjoyed it.
‘I’m a very empathetic person and I think Captain Sandy can be as well, so I think we definitely had that in common.’
As well as this, she heaped praise on bosun Malia White, who was trolled heavily on social media when she sent the Captain a picture of Hannah’s cabin last year, showing a prescription box of Valium and a THC pen from her cabin, after which she was asked to leave the boat.
Captain Sandy sparked backlash on Below Deck Med last year (Picture: Bravo)
Hannah was asked to leave halfway through series five (Picture: Bravo)
This was met with a huge backlash from fans and fellow Below Deck alum – especially as the sacked stew later produced a medical prescription for the tablets and also stated that the THC pen contained a CBD oil, which is legal in Spain.
Ignoring all the past drama, Katie added: ‘I had a really good relationship with Malia. There’s definitely parts of the season I am so glad she was there.’
Her words come after Malia was rushed to hospital with severe injuries, following a motorbike accident.
The Bravo star confirmed the ordeal on Instagram, sharing a photo from her hospital bed with fans.
‘AFTER: on Instagram we usually share the pretty stuff but this is the important stuff- I’m sharing this to express the importance of always wearing a helmet,’ she began. ‘Mine quite literally saved my life.
‘I spent the premiere night in a hospital bed after having a mean accident on my scooter.
‘I’ve been riding scooters my whole life was familiar with the equipment, wasn’t drinking and was 10 minutes from my boat. Accidents happen when you least expect them.
‘Luckily, I was able to walk away with a few stitches, fractured elbow, broken toes, severe road rash and a very sore body.
‘I don’t want to imagine what the case would have been without my helmet!’
Malia concluded the post: ‘I won’t hang up my scooter keys just yet… but I’m definitely aware of the importance of cruising safely!’, adding the hashtags ‘#scooteraccident #ridesafe #alwayswearahelmet #bruisedup #lucky.’
Below Deck Mediterranean continues on Mondays in the US, with new episodes dropping on Tuesdays on hayu.
Credit: Original article published here.