Bye-bye buoy: Large bea­con re­moved from beach

Antelope Valley Press - - News -

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A large red nav­i­ga­tion buoy that es­caped from the At­lantic Ocean for the sec­ond time was re­moved Thurs­day from a Florida beach where it had be­come some­thing of a tourist at­trac­tion.

Crews with a flatbed truck re­moved the nearly seven-ton buoy from New Smyrna Beach, where it came ashore last week, news out­lets re­ported.

The bea­con is orig­i­nally from South Carolina and broke free of its moor­ing dur­ing Hur­ri­cane Irma in 2017, the Day­tona Beach News-Jour­nal re­ported.

The buoy landed on Hil­ton Head Is­land.

It was put back into com­mis­sion in the mouth of the Port Royal Sound and stood its ground for a while un­til some­time after Hur­ri­cane Do­rian in 2019, when the buoy was forced off its moor­ing again.

The buoy will be taken to a Coast Guard sta­tion for eval­u­a­tion of whether it can be used again, of­fi­cials said.

As­so­ci­ated Press

Beach­go­ers in­spect a nav­i­ga­tional marker that washed up on the beach last week in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. A Coast Guard spokesman said the marker orig­i­nated in South Carolina.

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