This week, a truck-sized giant red buoy suddenly appeared on New Smyna Beach, Florida, making it a punching mecca for local residents and fans who love to pursue novelty. Authorities say the item, which was actually a marine navigation tool, disappeared from a outpost off the South Carolina coast in 2017. During no one can know where it went, did not expect two years, it was in such an unexpected way to meet you again.
(From: USCG Southeast, via BGR)
Photos shared by the Southeastern Coast Guard show that even after years of wandering, the shape of the buoy remains fairly intact – the paint is still striking, the number “8” is clearly identifiable, and it’s not a problem to put it back in use directly.
Ryan Dickson, a second-in-line sergeant in the Navy who spoke on behalf of USCG Jacksonville, told the Daytona Beach News that the item belonged to the Charleston jurisdiction and that they would try to restore it to its original state.
The buoys are believed to have traveled more than 300 miles from the beaches of South Carolina to Florida. It may not be easy to get it back home.
The Coast Guard will recalibrate the buoys this week, the Associated Press reported. Before it can be put back into service, it is also necessary to determine how it will be released.