Captain Lee Rosbach's time aboard the St. David is ending early
The beloved Below Deck star shocked his crew on the Bravo series' Dec. 12 episode by announcing he's leaving the mega yacht mid-season. Captain Lee's tough decision came amid an ongoing nerve problem affecting his ability to walk.
"My injury is getting worse," he shared in a confessional. "The left side of my body, I don't feel anything. I expected a lot more progress than I'm experiencing and the most frustrating part about it is I can't do a goddamn thing about it. It's hard."
The health issue forced Lee to use crutches to get around the boat, which also affected his ability to do his job.
"One of my biggest problems now is I'm not able to observe," he explained. "I don't know who's doing what, it's my job."
"I owe it to my crew to do right by them," he continued. "They expect that out of me. There comes a point if a captain is really being objective, he should be putting the best interests of his crew first."
Once the teamed wrapped another successful charter hosting a group of female doctors, Lee gathered his crew to update them on his health.
"As you guys know I've been struggling with my mobility," he said, "and it's been hard and I've let you guys down and for that I apologize. So I've made a decision to leave the boat."
The bombshell episode ended with a "to be continued" message, meaning fans will have to tune in next week for more details on Captain Lee's departure from the yacht.
Below Deck airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on Bravo.
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