Sometime around the 8th of February, the Grays Harbor Buoy 14 was struck just north of Westport, Washington but went unreported, changing from a navigational aid into a navigational hazard after the buoy sank.
Using a grapnel hook attached to the end of a 90-foot chain, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Fir combed the sea floor until they hooked the sunken buoy’s chain. The crew hauled the flooded buoy, weighing three times the normal amount at around 30,000 pounds, to the water’s edge and waited until some of the water drained before pulling it aboard.
If anyone has any information regarding a vessel striking or damaging the buoy, please contact Cmdr. Michele Schallip at 206-220-7273.