On Monday night’s episode of Below Deck Med, chief Hannah Ferrier suffered a panic attack. This came after she learned that Captain Sandy Yawn fired chef Hindrigo “Kiko” Lorran. Sandy’s constant micromanaging led to an uncomfortable work environment. Even third stew Jessica More previously revealed that she felt like she was “walking on eggshells” at time.
But Hannah is revealing what triggered her panic attack. She simply was exhausted. Hannah had a panic attack in the middle of the night. Since it wouldn’t pass, she needed medication to calm herself down. Bosun Malia White helped her as Hannah tried to regain her composure.
Hannah took to Instagram to explain the reason behind her panic attack. Meanwhile, Malia slammed Hannah for having drugs on board. Next week’s episode shows Sandy receiving a photo on her phone. She tells her crew members that someone has drugs on board.
Hannah Ferrier had a panic attack on Season 5
Below Deck Med star Hannah Ferrier is holding a special baby shower on social media. She wants to raise awareness about anxiety and mental health issues. In her latest Instagram post, Hannah revealed that her panic attack was a combination of extreme exhaustion and depression. She had a panic attack on a prior season of the show.
Viewers first saw Hannah having a panic attack on Season 3 of Below Deck Mediterranean. It quickly came on after she realized she had feelings for bosun Conrad Empson. She was panicked over the thought that she was in love.
A lack of sleep also played in that role, as well. In an interview with Decider, Hannah also hinted that Sandy’s micromanaging also got to her.
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BABY SHOWER ANNOUNCEMENT!! Please read on… So what you see if this photo is a very happy, smiley, pregnant woman. What you see in tonight’s episode is a very distressed, upset, stressed out and anxiety ridden woman… They are both the same people – just in different situations. As many of you know I suffer from anxiety which can be brought on by many different things but tonight’s was brought on by seeing my good friend @hindrigolorran in such pain and being unable to help him. This paired with severe lack of sleep and feeling like I was stuck in a situation I didn’t want to be in brought on a panic attack. What you see on TV and what is happening inside someone’s head can often differ. A lot of you have sent me messages asking for my baby register which is so amazing of you. My little one is very blessed that we can provide all they need but in place of that I have set up a baby registry with one of my favourite charities @lifelineaustralia – Lifeline assists people in need with anxiety, desperation and raises awareness for suicide. Any donation large or small would be greatly appreciated and it will be amazing to let my little one know they made a difference before entering the world. 💗💗💗 Thank you for reading x The link is here and in my bio https://fundraise.lifeline.org.au/fundraisers/hannahferrier
“Looking back and watching the season now, actually there was a lot that was different,” Hannah explained. “We had the most vile charter guests that we have ever had. The first two weeks I was doing four hours of sleep a night consecutively. Sandy was really quite hard on me throughout the start of the season.”
Nowadays, Hannah is in a better place. She’s happy about becoming a mom for the first time. The chief stewardess previously revealed that she’s not letting the drama get to her.
Below Deck Med bosun throws Hannah under the bus
Malia White was there for Hannah during her panic attack. But Below Deck Med fans think she had an ulterior motive. In the preview for the next episode, Captain Sandy Yawn confronts a crew member for having drugs on board. Production showed Hannah taking a mysterious pill in past episodes. She admitted that she was taking an Advil for “swollen feet.”
There was also that time when Hannah cracked a joke about being on Valium. But during her panic attack, she was serious when she told Malia that she needed to take a Valium. Malia became the next target on social media. Fans accused her of throwing Hannah under the bus for her professional gain. But she explained on Instagram the reason why she brought Hannah’s prescription medication to Sandy’s attention.
Malia explains the reason behind her actions
The aspiring captain took to Instagram to explain herself. She claims that she was following Maritime law and yacht protocol. Having drugs on board is no laughing matter. Crew members aren’t allowed to self-medicate themselves.
“Let me clear the air – medical laws are different at sea and for good reason,” Malia explained. “NO crew member is allowed to self-administer drugs prescription or not while on a vessel at sea. We are CREW and always ‘on duty’ and our primary goal at sea is to ensure the safety of all passengers. Mental health issues are a big deal and that’s why we have proper procedures in place. We read & sign a drugs & alcohol policy before joining any boat – this is VERY CLEARLY laid out.”
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Let me clear the air- medical laws are different at sea and for good reason. NO crew member is allowed to self- administer drugs prescription or not while on a vessel at sea. We are CREW and always ‘on duty’ and our primary goal at sea is to ensure safety of all passengers. Mental health issues are a big deal and that’s why we have proper procedures in place. We all read & sign a drugs & alcohol policy before joining any boat- this is VERY CLEARLY laid out. If any crew member suffers from a mental health condition that they require medication for they must disclose that to the Captain BEFORE signing onto the boat. They then under the supervision of Captain or Officer can be given medication as needed and evaluated to see if they can still stand duty. While at sea the Captain is the medical person in charge- any and all medical decisions MUST go through them. Taking any sedative while on duty is completely illegal and could cost myself, the officers and Captain Sandy all of our licensing. Not to mention possible jail time and fines if an incident occurred & a crew member was found to have been on something without authorization. Reporting any incident especially one we witness is all of our job. Yachting is my career- I’m not here to worry about plot twists & TV drama- I’m here to do my job and learn how to become a Captain. Maritime laws are in place for a reason. All of you expressing your hate- think of it in this perspective… if an emergency was to take place in the middle of the night how would you feel if your crew (the people trained to handle the situation & keep you safe) were on drugs? There are terribly sad stories of crew losing their lives or accidents happening due to unsupervised drug use. The severity of it is why it has become Maritime Law. It’s there to protect both crew & passengers. Reporting someone shouldn’t have a negative stigma – it can save lives! ⚓️ Side note – I do apologize for calling Hannah’s panic attack a ‘freak out’ that was unprofessional and poor wording. I am a huge advocate for Mental Health which is why I just want things done by the book. #belowdeckmed #belowdeck #yachting #crew @bravotv
As fans know, crew members love to drink after completing a charter. And most of them drink heavily. But taking drugs while on a luxury superyacht is even more serious, according to Malia.
“There are terribly sad stories of crew losing their lives or accidents happening due to unsupervised drug use,” she explained. “The severity of it is why it has become Maritime Law. It’s there to protect both crew & passengers. Reporting someone shouldn’t have a negative stigma – it can save lives!”
Malia continued to defend herself. She reinstated that she’s serious about her job, especially becoming a Captain. She’s not “about plot twists & TV drama.” But fans beg to differ. They think she has an ulterior motive.
Below Deck Med fans slam Maria for accusing Hannah of taking drugs
Below Deck Med fans aren’t happy. They weren’t happy with chef Kiko’s firing. Now, they’re not happy with Malia accusing Hannah of taking drugs. Most of them argued that taking Valium for anxiety is not the same as abusing drugs.
“Even in this post, you have continued to try and shame Hannah,” one follower wrote. “It’s medication, NOT drugs. You continue to lead with ARROGANCE, and shame others, really awful, not cool.”
“She is not ‘on drugs’ it’s prescribed medication,” another user said.
“Also if you consider taking the proper medication as ‘being on drugs’ than your life must have been either very sheltered or not hard enough,” a third follower wrote.
Malia fought back at the accusations, adding that “prescription drugs/medications/drugs/Advil pm… whatever it is… YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO TAKE ANY OF IT WHILE AT SEA.”
Fans don’t understand why Malia brought it to Sandy’s attention in the first place. They don’t trust her and feel as if she’s setting up the superyacht to her standards. Malia’s chef boyfriend might be the one who replaces chef Kiko.
Below Deck Med airs Monday nights at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.
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