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.

News 12 Staff

Oct 24, 2009, 11:18 PM

Updated 5,356 days ago

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(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.


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