Published: 12:58, 15 June 2021
| Updated: 15:28, 15 June 2021
Residents are scratching their heads wondering how a 15ft-high buoy washed up on a beach outside their homes.
The massive bright red signal was discovered along the Herne Bay shoreline off Central Parade this morning, after being dragged onto the sand overnight.
Dylan Woolf, who lives in nearby Prospect Hill, was woken up at 4am when the flashing light from its beacon streamed through his windows.
“I thought it was an ambulance on the seafront,” the 57-year-old said.
“And then I thought it was some sort of vessel down there. I didn’t know what it was at the time.
“It was a surprise to see the buoy later – you wouldn’t expect to see it on the seafront.”
Mr Woolf says he spotted Coastguard teams standing next to the buoy, which was originally placed off Reculver, at about 8.30am.
But he is unsure how they will get the object back in the water.
“It’s really substantial – it really is massive,” Mr Woolf continued.
“You look at it and go, ‘Good God, how did it break loose from its moorings?’
“It’s come up off a high tide, so they may have to wait a couple of weeks to refloat it unless they pick it up and put it on the back of a trailer.”
Trinity House, the organisation responsible for buoy handling and surveying in UK waters, has been approached for comment.