PLUM ISLAND — Navigating the doubtless treacherous mouth of the Merrimack River grew to become a bit of simpler earlier this week with the return of a 13,000-pound U.S. Coast Guard buoy.
The huge marker was ripped from its mooring and deposited on Plum Island Seaside in Newbury after a strong nor’easter tore by the area Jan. 31.
The buoy had been anchored simply east of the river’s entrance and marked the northern aspect of the channel earlier than it broke free and ended up on the seaside. The Coast Guard was instantly tasked with not solely retrieving its property, however advising mariners the marker was now not the place it was speculated to be situated.
The buoy remained on the seaside for weeks till a Newbury excavation crew lifted it onto a flatbed truck. It was then dropped at the excavation firm’s headquarters and remained there till the U.S. Coast Guard retrieved the buoy.
Throughout its keep on Plum Island, the buoy grew to become an immediate attraction for walkers, residents, schoolchildren and day-trippers.
On Wednesday, U.S. Coast Guard Station Merrimack River introduced by way of Fb that the No. 2 Merrimack River buoy was again the place it must be after hitching a experience with Cutter Marcus Hanna.
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