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Large buoy removed from Florida beach

The beacon was anchored near South Carolina when it came loose in 2017, coast guard officials said.

Beachgoers inspect a navigational marker that washed up on New Smyrna Beach, Florida (Casmira Harrison/The Daytona Beach News-Journal via AP)
Beachgoers inspect a navigational marker that washed up on New Smyrna Beach, Florida (Casmira Harrison/The Daytona Beach News-Journal via AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

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.

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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