buoy that went missing off coast near Weston is recovered
£40,000 scientific buoy which went missing from its mooring
off the coast near Weston has been found.
It went missing in September but was found on Tuesday 20 miles
away in south Wales at Llantwit Major.
Beach users in the Burnham-On-Sea area had
been asked to look out for the buoy, which is used to collect
and record data about waves to help with coastal management and
The large yellow buoy is one of a number operated by the South
West Coastal Monitoring Programme, led by Teignbridge District
Council, which is now assessing the damage to the equipment which
was battered by tides and rocks.
"We are delighted the buoy has been recovered and our thanks
go to the person who found it, spotted our contractor's number
on the side and reported it," said a spokesman from the council.
"These wave data buoys are very valuable and provide lots
of vital information to help our understanding of coastal processes
and flood defence risk assessments, but also the tidal forces
around the Severn Estuary."