Seasoned viewers of Bravo's Below Deck know that the crew always includes some "interesting" characters. This is inevitable when you have eight(ish) hot, young people living and working so closely — both figuratively and literally — for six weeks at sea.
While some crew members have gotten along famously (see Jack and Travis' adorable bromance from Season 5 of Below Deck Mediterranean or the Daisy Kelliher/Alli Dore/Dani Soares interior team trifecta from Season 2 of Below Deck Sailing Yacht), others have come to blows quickly. In some extreme cases, Captain Lee Rosbach has even been forced to step in and to let go of the more problematic team members.
One of the more memorable Below Deck characters was Season 3's Raquel "Rocky" Dakota.
Unlike some of the other cast, who've become recurring crew members on the show, Rocky only served for one season on Eros as a third stew. Though her time on the show was brief, she was part of the main storyline for Season 3 following her relationships with bosun Eddie Lucas and with the chief stew (and her boss), Kate Chastain.
So, what happened to Rocky from Below Deck? Keep reading to find out what she's been up to since the third season wrapped in 2015.
What happened to Rocky Dakota from 'Below Deck' Season 3?
Following her stint aboard Eros, Rocky spent some time traveling the world and doing some smaller stewardess gigs in Florida, where many crew members seem to go after the Bravo show. In December 2016, the stew moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, where she had lived previously while she was in college.
Fans will also be relieved to learn that Rocky has found real love since her disastrous relationship with bosun Eddie Lucas. She began dating a fellow named Mark in 2016. They appear very happy together and share a love of outdoor activities like hiking, surfing, and boating.
Rocky's Instagram profile is now set to private, and it appears as if she is enjoying a life away from the public eye.
Rocky Dakota's younger sister passed away after her time on the Bravo show.
Unfortunately, Rocky has also suffered some personal loss since leaving Below Deck. In January 2017, her little sister Sophia Tiare Bartlow, who shared the same birthday two years apart, was killed in a tragic car crash while driving with her then-boyfriend Sage Candelaria.
The loss was devastating for Rocky, who posted a series of pictures of her sister on Instagram at the time and frequently memorializes her with posts. Prior to her death, Sophia had been a stand-up paddle-board champion and to commemorate her passing, Rocky and Sophia's friends held a memorial and paddle out.
Rocky has been vocal about her struggles with mourning her sister's death and wants to help others as they go through the often overlapping stages of recovery when dealing with the death of a loved one.
"2 years ago, I woke up to the worst phone call of my life... 2 years ago today, was unbearable... Hearing that news was unbelievable ... It's true what doesn't kill you, makes you stronger," she wrote to commemorate the two-year anniversary of Sophia's passing in 2019.
Despite the recent hardships she's been dealt, Rocky seems to be having the time of her life these days. She's frequently pictured doing yoga around the world, slack-lining through the jungles of Hawaii, and being a massage and energy therapist — cool! We couldn't be happier for her.
You can catch up on past seasons of Below Deck on Peacock. New episodes of Below Deck Sailing Yacht air on Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo.