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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

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'Mystery' buoys swept on to Barrow beach

Liverpool Coastguards say the ‘mystery’ buoys which washed up on to a Barrow shore ‘could have come from anywhere’.

The pair of buoys were discovered at Sandy Gap, Walney Island, by a fisherman yesterday.

A Liverpool Coastguard spokesman said: “With the weather and the high tides they have come lose from where they have been stored.

“We don’t know where they have come from. They don’t have any identifying marks so it’s a bit of a mystery at the moment.

“We have called all of the local ports but as of yet nobody has claimed them or reported any missing.

“These types of buoys are used as channel markers to show people where it’s safe to drive boats, for example, safe ways to travel through channels or enter harbours. A bit like if you imagine lanes on a road which show which direction you need to travel in.

“We have spoken to a number of the port authorities so it’s a bit of a mystery at the moment.

“Harbours keep a close eye on their buoys so they would know if they had gone missing.

“We have had two 999 calls from people who had seen it and alerted us.

“At the moment there is no warning about it for the area as all the Walney buoys are in the same position and haven't moved.

“They could be decommissioned buoys.

“They could have come from anywhere.”

He also warned residents about going in the water because of recent weather.

He added: "Before anyone goes in the water they should check the weather forecast for that day because of the recent stormy weather."

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The red buoy was from Fleetwood channel and the green one marked an outfall pipe off Bispham, near Blackpool. They broke adrift in the recent storms and ended up across this way due to the tidal currents and wind direction.

Posted by Keith on 3 January 2014 at 15:54

Does anyone know why all the thousands of fish,crabs,lobsters and starfish were washed up on Sunday across from the west shore club?

Posted by Dawg on 2 January 2014 at 21:09

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