Captain Elliott Neese, a professional fisherman, is well-recognized for his appearance in Discovery’s crab-fishing reality show, Deadliest Catch. He was one of youngest captain in the fleet. But, he has been absent since the eleventh season of the show due to his addiction issues. What happened to him? Let's find out!
His journey in Deadliest Catch
Elliot began fishing at an early age of 12 and started pot fishing when he was just 19 years old. Starting from such a young age, he gradually improved his skills in it. Later, he got into crab fishing, and moved quickly to the ranks, when he got the full share of his first-year crab fishing.
Besides, he worked as a deck boss of the fishing vessel, Ramblin’ Rose and also became the engineer and relief skipper of the boat. At age 28, he managed to become the youngest captain in the fleet by taking over the helm of the boat. He captained Ramblin' Rose for about two years and later owned a beautiful crab boat himself, called Saga.
While he was making his name in fishing vessels, he got to appear with his boat, Saga in Discovery reality series, Deadliest Catch. In the show's tenth season, he risked his life to save the six crew members of the boat, when the F/V Arctic Hunter ran aground and crashed into the rocks near Alaska.
Later, he along with Saga was featured in the show till the eleventh season. But Unfortunately, he had to leave the show due to personal issues. During the season, he was fraught with the addiction problem, as viewers watched him unravel and clash with his crew members. Since then, he left the show and has not appeared till now. After that, Jake Anderson has been steering the wheel of the boat, Saga.
What happened to him?
Amidst his drug and alcohol addiction, he got in a dispute with his crew members which led him to leave the show at a mean time. Afterward, In 2015 he joined rehab at a Malibu-based treatment center, Passages and completed the treatment under 60 days.
While he was spending rehabilitating life in Malibu, he met a beautiful woman named Erika Fridenbergs. In a short-time, they started dating, and the duo has been together since then.
After recovering from his addiction issues, he underwent Ibogaine detox program in late 2016. Also, he encouraged others who are struggling with drug abuse to do the same. Though he recovered from the addiction, he has not returned in the show since his exit. However, the executive producer Decker Watson had tried hard to get him in season 13, but he failed.
Despite leaving the Bering Sea crab fishing, he still gets involved in the fishery. As of now, he has been spearfishing in tropical locations and even shares several photos on social media holding a huge catch.
Family & Health Issues
While in Malibu, he met a beautiful woman named Erika Fridenbergs and the two quickly started dating. Elliott started sharing cozy pictures of him and Erika afterward, but they have stayed out of media at present. He had revealed that after recovering from his addiction issues, he was taking some time to focus on himself.
In late 2016, he underwent Ibogaine detox program and was encouraging others, who are struggling with drug abuse to do the same. He claimed that Jake Anderson was Saga’s captain only on the show. But, Elliott hasn’t returned on the show since he left after season 11.
What else has the former captain been up to since leaving Deadliest Catch?
He still fishes and has been mostly spearfishing in tropical locations. He shared several photos of himself on social media holding a huge catch. In early 2017, he tweeted that he concentrated on a lot of workouts and gained 20 pounds muscle weight.
Once, when the F/V Arctic Hunter ran aground and crashed into the rocks near Alaska, he risked his life to save the six crew members of the boat. After the incident, the hatred and nasty comments in his social media posts from viewers were replaced with applauses.
He is a father of two children, a son and a daughter born with his ex-girlfriend, Valerie Gunderson.
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