Elliott Neese Surrenders Role As Captain Of F/V Saga: ‘Deadliest Catch’ Star Hand Reins Over To First Mate [Video]

On Tuesday night’s episode of Deadliest Catch, Elliott Neese gave up his role as S/V Saga’s captain to his first mate. Neese, not one of the audience’s favorite crab fisherman on the show, turned the reins over to Jeff Folk when he couldn’t drive the boat any longer.

“You have to drive the rest of the trip,” Elliott says to Folk. “I can’t drive the boat anymore.”

He then says he’s not going to say another word in front of the camera. Neese said he didn’t want that portion aired on television, but that wasn’t about to happen despite what the troubled captain demanded from the camera crew.

Folk relieved Neese, saying he figured Elliott wasn’t feeling too well mentally and wasn’t up to handling the boat in bad weather. On the Deadliest Catch episode that just aired, Folk and Elliott’s dad were talking about the embattled captain and how drugs have taken its toll on him overall.

Things got heated when Elliott began throwing water at the wheelhouse because he was mad Folk couldn’t find the light switches he needed on deck. As Folk said to the camera while an impatient Neese was having a bit of a tantrum: “There’s 20 switches up here!”

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