Buoy blown ashore by strong winds in Oak Island

Source: David Wells, UNCW
Source: David Wells, UNCW

Reported by Robb Ellis email

Posted by Scott Saxton email

OAK ISLAND, NC (WECT) - Strong winds helped push a buoy onshore in Oak Island Wednesday morning.  The buoy surfaced near the Yaupon Pier.

Someone nearby alerted UNCW that it may have been one of its buoys.  UNCW's Coastal Research and Monitoring Program sent a crew in to investigate and found that it belonged to the Army Corps of Engineers.

That buoy was used as a marker for equipment offshore that monitors wave height and ocean current.  The Army Corps of Engineers has dispatched someone from its field lab in the Outer Banks to remove the buoy from the beach.

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