Ashton went off the back of the swim platform after stepping into a tow line which wrapped around his ankle. It was exactly like a movie, but this was actual reality and Bravo editing magic had nothing to do with the events! As Captain Lee Rosbach explained while choking up, Ashton was “within 30 seconds” of losing his life, or at the very least his foot!
The most surprising revelation, however, was that Ashton owes his life (and the continuation of his defined tricep muscles) to the rapid reaction of a Below Deck cameraman named Brent. He literally threw down his camera, raced to the side of the boat, and untangled the lines to give Ashton more time, which set him free to swim to the tender to wait until they were in safer water to bring him in! Maybe Brent should be bosun. Something tells me Rhylee Gerber wouldn’t be talking to him with a nasty attitude!
Though the man overboard incident only took place during the last few minutes of the most recent Below Deck episode, Ashton Pienaar being dragged into the water has been the main focus for all the cast interviews this past week. The entire crew is still coming to grips with the severity of what happened, and what was narrowly avoided.
Tyler Rowlandwas a witness at the back of the boat withRhylee Gerber. As the junior deckhand of the group, Tyler was getting a lot of instruction from Ashton. Apparently, Ashton himself had warned him about the lines. Tyler said, “Ashton told us they’re super dangerous. Don’t step over those lines because they go out.”
Caroline Bedol from Below Deck had an interesting run on the show, to say the least. At first, she came across as a very chipper and ready to please third stew. However, that persona quickly disappeared when it became evident that anything involving doing two things at once had her running in circles.
I honestly felt bad for Caroline. She was dealing with personal issues at home and just did not have the personality to handle a reality show or the new Bravo power couple that isKate Chastain and Josiah Carter.Despite her less than graceful departure from the boat, Caroline is still circling the show and its cast members.
Captain Lee Rosbach’sblog was brief this week, but as always, packed a punch. The Below Deck Captain was in New York earlier this week to appear on Watch What Happens Live. So he had less time to prepare, but still made his critiques very clear. We wouldn’t expect any less of him!
It feels like they have been teasing Ashton Pienaar’s fall on Below Deck forever. The viewers finally caught a glimpse at the moment during last episode, but it was at the very end. Of course, they hit us with a cliffhanger.
Thankfully, Ashton is OK, but the incident had a profound effect on the crew, even the normally unflappable Captain Lee Rosbach.
On last night’s Below Deck, we met the replacements. Aka, the new third stew Laura Betancourt, and new deckhand Tyler Rowland. Laura and Kate Chastain are like oil and water from the very second of interaction. So that should go about as well as still having Caroline Bedol on board.
Finally, we saw the moment when Ashton Pienaarwent overboard. But, in true Bravo fashion, after so much hype, it was tacked onto the very itty bitty end of the episode. We won’t really get to see it until next week. However, it looks like it’s partially Rhylee Gerber‘s fault! As you may know Rhylee does not follow the rules! Instead, she actually makes the rules, then changes the rules, and sometimes then breaks those rules too, but everyone will all bend to her will because her red hair is a magical whip of crazy what the f–k. Truly.