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.