Large buoy removed from Florida beach

 

By Press Association 2019

Beachgoers inspect a navigational marker that washed up on New Smyrna Beach, Florida

A large navigation buoy that bobbed around the Atlantic Ocean for two years has been removed from a US beach where it had become something of a tourist attraction after washing ashore. Crews with a flatbed truck removed the nearly seven-ton (6.35-metric ton) red buoy from New Smyrna Beach, Florida, where it came ashore last week, news outlets reported. Coast guard officials said the beacon was anchored near South Carolina when it came loose in 2017.

#Update @USCG Aids to Navigation Team Ponce De Leon Inlet monitored the removal of the red lighted buoy this morning at New Smyrna Beach, FL.

The buoy will be transported to Jacksonville, FL. pic.twitter.com/ic0BrRxRiK

— USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast) January 2, 2020

It is unclear how the buoy was displaced from the large concrete anchor to which it had been chained.

The buoy, which had come loose one previous time, will be taken to a coast guard station for evaluation of whether it can be used again, officials said.

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