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Haven’t seen Hilton Head’s massive new landmark in person? You still have a chance, for now.

Here's what we know about that giant buoy that washed up near Coligny Beach

A large, red buoy washed up near Coligny Beach after Tropical Storm Irma. Here's what we found out about it.
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A large, red buoy washed up near Coligny Beach after Tropical Storm Irma. Here's what we found out about it.

It’s been a week since Tropical Storm Irma washed a 13,000-pound buoy onto Hilton Head’s Coligny Beach from the Port Royal Sound, making it the new photo opp for tourists and locals alike.

But how long it will stay there remains unknown.

The Island Packet has reached out to the Coast Guard every day since the buoy became the island’s new landmark. As of Wednesday, according to Lt. J.B. Zorn, there’s no timetable yet for when the buoy will be removed or what kind of transportation will be needed to return it to the Port Royal Sound.

We previously reported it could be weeks or even months before the $24,000 buoy could be removed, and that one option to get it back in the water could be via helicopter.

Keep an eye on The Island Packet and islandpacket.com for more information as we learn of it.

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