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Eddie Lucas Details Saving "Stranded Mariners" with His Crew & What's Next "Since" That Incident

The Below Deck alum and tugboat captain saved the lives of two distressed boaters in 2023 and is now being recognized for it.

By Casey Suglia

As a seasoned pro, Below Deck alum Eddie Lucas is no stranger to navigating all sorts of situations in his career as a yachtie, including one he recently opened up about in great detail that took place last year.

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In fact, that October 2023 rescue might be his most impressive feat yet. The experienced deckhand, bosun, first officer, and now tugboat captain of the Lynne Moran recently got nominated for a Safety Award at the 2024 International Tug & Salvage Awards because of the heroic rescue of " two stranded mariners" led by his crew. Eddie took to Instagram on May 1 where he recounted that day, recalling how the efforts of his crew got them to this place of recognition.

Eddie Lucas recalls the October 2023 rescue in Baltimore Harbor

Eddie sat down in the video where he called on his Instagram followers for help in the voting process. "So, last October, my crew on the Lynne Moran, a tugboat in Baltimore Harbor, we rescued two stranded mariners in the water," he said. "Since then, we've received a lot of praise, accommodations through the United States Coast Guard, and an award from the American Waterways Operators."

On October 25, 2023, Eddie and his crew "responded to a distress call from boaters in the water" in the Baltimore Harbor in Maryland, according to MarineLog"The crew was able to execute a precise recovery of the stranded boaters and administer attentive care until the boaters could be transferred to a local fire boat for further attention and medical evaluation."

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Eddie Lucas' Yachting Career Since Below Deck

Eddie, who had worked as a deckhand in Below Deck Season 1, graduated to Bosun in Seasons 2 and 3, before making his return to the show in Seasons 8 and 9, where became a First Officer

Along the way, Eddie began his career working on tugboats in Baltimore. Eddie told in November 2020 why he decided to land in back in his native Maryland for his next career move: "I wanted to find a job where I was home. I was near my dad and my stepmom, and I could kind of start creating a life at home rather than constantly moving around from port to port, away from home on months on end."

Eddie Lucas smiling on a yacht in his uniform.

He has since worked his way up the ranks of the Lynne Moran to become captain in 2022 and bought a house in Maryland, Eddie told The Baltimore Banner in January 2023. "I think one of the parts about being a sailor is, like, you're always going to jump on a boat and go," he explained.

"You can always be gone. And so now that I've got a captain's job and I'm here, I bought a house, and I'm really settling down, it's slightly terrifying, but it's also liberating," he said. "You're just like, all right, I can kind of relax now and get on with it."

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