Below deck fan-favorite opens up about near-death accident

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Eddie Lucas has been a staple on Below Deck from his debut in Season 1 until his return in Season 8 after a multi-year hiatus. While fans know him as a yachtie and now a first mate, the Bravo star actually has him on a very different job outside of the hit show and he recently spilled about a near-death accident he suffered at his other job.

As he has explained in the past Bravo, when not working on superyachts, Lucas works as first mate in Baltimore on tugboats. He said the job allowed him to work on the water but also to have the “freedom to start a life and settle down a bit”.

Explaining that he works as first mate on a four-person tugboat, Lucas shared that it’s a tough job, “24 hours a day, seven days a week for two weeks that we work, and it’s one constant work.” He said, “I’m up all night almost every night doing pretty risky activities, docking huge ships in Baltimore Harbor.”

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Lucas explained on the Malia White podcast how the accident happened

During a recent appearance on Below Deck Mediterranean star Malia White’s new podcast: “Total Ship Show‘ Lucas recounted a horrific experience he went through while working on a tugboat. He said the first week after he became a pal, they worked with an incoming container ship. Around 4 a.m., when it was “pitch black,” he explained:

I was on a tug that had really terrible visibility in the wheelhouse. We had a wind blowing up from the stern so it blew the exhaust past the windows and the floodlights illuminated the exhaust. So it was really hard to see that I was actually slowly sneaking onto the ship.

He finally said a glare from the floodlights made him realize the tugboat was “not even a foot away” and was getting even closer to the ship they were piloting. He explained that ships have a bow flare and “a tug cannot fit under it”. He said that the corner of his wheelhouse was actually connected to the underside of the bow flare.

“As soon as it hit all the windows around me pretty much blew up and the wheelhouse was pushed in on me and then it started knocking us over,” he continued. He said if it had pushed the tug further they would have overturned and the crew would have had great difficulty getting out.

“It was a really close call but I was able to put both engines in full reverse and fight my way out of there,” he continued. “But it was the scariest thing I’ve ever experienced on a boat. We really came close to paying the whistler for it. Yeah, that was pretty wild.” He added, “If the tug overturned, there was a good chance everyone on board would die.”

Lucas said he thought he would be fired afterwards

Lucas also told White that the captain and engineer both slept because it was his night watch, but they woke up when the accident happened. He explained that he was sure he would lose his job, but the captain was very understanding.

Lucas shared that the type of tug they operated with was known to have poor visibility in the wheelhouse, which was a major factor in keeping him from losing his job. “We found that this class of tug actually had many of the same problems due to the lack of visibility in the wheelhouse,” he spilled.

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