Petersburg Coast Guard Commander Temporarily Relieved of Duty

There’s been a shake-up in command at Petersburg’s Coast Guard detachment. The Coast Guard announced on Monday that it has temporarily relieved Anacapa commanding officer Lt. Matthias Wholley from his duties in charge of the 110-foot cutter.

A Coast Guard Spokesman, Chief Petty Officer Dana Warr, says the Sector Juneau Commander, Captain Melisa Bert, made the decision after an incident reportedly occurred Monday, while the cutter was at sea. He says he can’t go into details because the incident is under investigation.

According to Warr, the incident did not involve an accident or any injuries. While the investigation continues, Warr says Wholley is being reassigned to Juneau.

The Coast Guard says its Commandant in Washington DC will make the final decision on whether Wholly will be permanently relieved or returned to command aboard the Anacapa.

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Matt Lichtenstein is a reporter at KFSK in Petersburg.

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