On Valentine’s Day, the mother of Ramblin’ Rose captain Elliott Neese’s two children was granted a temporary restraining order against Neese after filing court papers accusing him of harassing her with 15 texts and 38 phone calls in a one-hour period. According to Valerie Gunderson’s petition, Neese showed up at her home saying he wanted to hug their two children, ages 3 and 6, goodnight. Later that night, she claims, he called her mother and told her he was going to take their daughter to Mexico, where he has dual citizenship. Neese is currently at sea fishing for opilio crab and is unavailable for comment. On Feb. 15, on his way to Dutch Harbor, Alaska, Neese tweeted that he loved Gunderson and their children and that he couldn’t wait to get home again to see them.
In her petition, Gunderson said she fears for her personal safety “in the event that Elliott ‘snaps’ so to speak,” and claims it’s difficult to know what would push him to a breaking point “especially with recent alcohol use [and] potential drug use.” She went on to detail several recent arguments. She also references two earlier incidents, one in 2006 and one in 2010, in which she claims he grabbed her and injured her hand, and destroyed her TV and starting burning her clothes in the fireplace, respectively.
Gunderson also requested a long-term protective order, which a court in Homer, Alaska will hold a hearing to address on March 1.
Deadliest Catch fans first came to know Neese in season 7 of the show. Neese and the Ramblin’ Rose will be featured in Season 8, which premieres in April on Discovery.