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What happened to Captain Lee in Below Deck season 8 premiere? Lee Rosbach opens up on hospital dash

Captain Lee wrote about his hospital dash (Picture: YouTube)

Captain Lee Rosbach, fearless leader of Below Deck, was nowhere to be seen in last week’s season 8 premiere of the popular reality show having landed in hospital after taking a tumble while getting out of the shower.

Viewers were shocked to see the long-running star of the Bravo series call Bosun Eddie Lucas to inform him he’d ‘had better days’ as the crew turned up for their first day on yacht My Seanna.

Speaking to Eddie on the phone on last week’s episode Captain Lee said: ‘I’m at the hospital right now…I’m embarrassed to say, but I fell in the shower. Went down pretty hard, busted a couple ribs.’

He added he may need surgery: ‘If it’s bad, I may have to head home. Hell, this season may be over for me before it even starts.’

Luckily Captain Lee is all good now and opened up further about his injury as he thanked fans for their support.

Addressing how the season started out, the captain shared a massive post on his Captain’s Log, explaining he should have put a bigger towel down to prevent him from slipping and cracking his ribs.

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He wrote last week: ‘I’m going to address how this season started out, and that wasn’t very good. I slipped and fell against the sink getting out of the shower the morning that the crew is arriving. I’m such a putz. My own fault should have gotten a towel down on the marble floor but didn’t and paid the price.

‘Nothing busted just some cracked ribs, but I will pay for it for the entire season.

‘If you’re going to be dumb, you had better be tough. The good news is as the season goes on, the ribs get better and better, but not what I, nor the crew, needed either. It really put them at a disadvantage not having their Captain on board to greet them properly and give them some direction on their first day on a new boat. For that, I apologize to them. But that being said I think that they performed well under the circumstances. (sic)’

Captain Lee went on to thank newcomer Francesca Rubi, who took over as Chief Stew from Kate Chastain, praising his new crew member for ‘not getting rattled and for jumping in and just moving forward’.

Captain Lee thanked new Chief Stew Francesca

He went on: ‘That’s the leadership I’m looking for and you did very well. I know that we started out with a very high maintenance charter, Charlie and his crew, but you really pulled it together despite not having the most experienced crew nor time to get properly acquainted with the crew and the boat. Well done.

‘If early indications mean anything, I think you will be just fine this season. Not without some speed bumps, but we always have those, and you seem well equipped to handle them.’

He also turned his attention to Eddie, who re-joined the crew after bowing out in season three.

Captain Lee mused: ‘Eddie, great to have you back pal. I know I put you in a bad position right from jump street, but kudos to you for jumping in and dealing with a difficult situation. Well done. Expecting great things from you this year.’

All’s well that ends well, in Captain Lee’s eyes, as he shared his hopes for a strong finish to a season that got off to some rather choppy waters.

Oh, and that’s without even starting to mention how the ongoing coronavirus pandemic affected the latest season in the Caribbean…

All seasons and every episode of Below Deck are available on HayU.

MORE : Below Deck newbie Francesca Rubi talks breaking down during charter debut: ‘I’m only human’

MORE : Below Deck’s Eddie ‘won’t appear on Mediterranean’ spin-off over Captain Sandy’s ‘micromanaging’

Credit: Original article published here.

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