A drifting Canadian buoy found 16 months later in France

A Canadian signal buoy drifted for months, after disappearing in October 2016, before being found a few days ago off Île de Ré, near the west coast of France.

The 5 m high object weighing several tons was spotted by sailors and towed on land in La Rochelle.

It is by searching from an inscription on the subject, “Y 16”, that a notice, issued by the Canadian Coast Guard in October 2016 mentioning the disappearance of a lighted buoy, was found .

The signal buoy would likely have crossed the Atlantic after a storm broke the chain mooring at a fixed point.

The imposing floating structure should have been in the Gulf of St. Lawrence when the Canadian authorities reported its disappearance in 2016.

Jeff Conars

Jeff holds the in Philosophy from the University of Waterloo and the Doctorat en Théologie from the Université de Strasbourg, France. Jeff has taught in departments of religion, philosophy, and health sciences, including the Department of Philosophy at the University of Toronto. Along with his teaching, research, and writing responsibilities, from 1999-2007, he also served as the Clinical Ethicist for Grand River Hospital in Kitchener/Waterloo, Ontario.

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