Coast Guard chief disciplined over storm outing
(AP) - An officer at a Coast Guard station oneastern Long Island has been relieved of command after photosturned up on the Internet of two rescue boats training in heavysurf generated by Hurricane Bill.
A Coast Guard commander tells Newsday that Chief Petty OfficerJames Weber put his boats and crews in a dangerous situation duringthe August storm.
One spectacular picture showed one of the $1.2 million boatshalf out of the water with its bow pointed skyward as it flew overthe top of a cresting swell near Montauk.
Coast Guard Capt. Daniel Ronan says neither Weber nor theskipper of a second boat was properly qualified to operated in surfthat high.
Weber could still be reinstated if he appeals.