Tropical Storm Irma Brings a Visitor to Hilton Head Island
The red Coast Guard buoy, weighing 13,000 pounds is currently lying sideways on a stretch of shore between South Forest Beach and Coligny Beach.
Tropical Storm Irma with winds of 60 miles per hour and strong waves brought the buoy about 8 nautical miles from the mouth of the Port Royal Sound.
Buoys are traffic signals for water vessels, guiding them to safety. This buoy cost about $24,000.
Visitors and locals alike have been enjoying photo ops with the buoy and it has become the island’s latest tourist attraction.
According to Lt. J.B. Zorn of the Coast Guard, there’s no timetable for when the buoy will be return to the Port Royal Sound. Transportation of the buoy back to…