- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

JONESPORT, Maine (AP) - The Coast Guard has permanently relieved Senior Chief Petty Officer Christopher Bouchard as the officer in charge of the cutter Moray, which is based in Jonesport, Maine.

Bouchard was in charge of the 87-foot cutter when it ran aground Feb. 20, damaging the vessel’s hull. No one on board was injured, and the Moray returned to port safely under its own power.

Officials say the selection of a new skipper should be made by the time repairs are completed later this month.

Bouchard was temporarily relieved of his duties “for loss of confidence in the ability to command.” Rear Adm. William Kelly made that permanent on Friday. The Coast Guard says Bouchard is now temporarily assigned to Southwest Harbor, Maine, with no further disciplinary action expected.

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