The ‘mystery’ object is a Yokohama fender used in harbours or against ships at sea.
PORT ALFRED Monday 12th DECEMBER 2011:
At 10h26 on Monday, 12th December NSRI Port Alfred were called out to investigate an eye-witness report of a large object floating about 2 nautical miles off Cannon Rocks, West of Port Alfred.
Members of our duty crew drove our sea rescue vehicle to the location of the eye-witness to look for ourselves while our local coast watcher, looking at the object through binoculars, confirmed that it appeared to be an over-sized buoy.
Our duty crew launched KOWIE RESCUER and responded the 20 nautical miles west and on arriving on-scene found what may be a harbour mooring buoy.
The object was too large for us to tow and MRCC (The Maritime Rescue Coordination Center) has activated a Salvage Tug to investigate and decide on a course of action to either scuttle the object or bring it into Port.
A Navigational warning is being broadcast by the Maritime Radio Services to vessels using the area to be on alert to avoid a collision with the object.
When our NSRI rescue craft arrived on-scene the object had already drifted at about two and a half knots in an Easterly direction to around 2 nautical miles off-shore of Boknes.
Vessels and shipping in the area are warned of the Navigational hazard.
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