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Yacht collision: Damaged buoy recovered from sea bed

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A LARGE section of a buoy which was badly damaged after being struck by a luxury yacht has been recovered from the sea bed.

The topmark of the Ruaudière buoy, off St Aubin's Bay, sank when it was hit by the £1.8 million motor cruiser last month. The vessel also went down and two people were rescued from a life raft.

The buoy was this week raised and brought back to the Harbour.

Picture: JERSEY COASTGUARD

In a post on their Facebook page, Jersey Coastguard said: 'Whilst carrying out an underwater survey in the vicinity of the Ruaudière earlier this week using our multibeam echosounder we spotted a target on the seabed that appeared to resemble the topmark lost during a collision with a motor yacht.

'The Marine Section crew deployed with the Halcyon [workboat] to recover. Because of the high certainty of the position, the crew were able to locate it first time using the grapnel and recovered it to the waterline, bringing it safely into port to be recovered onto the deck of the Duke of Normandy [tug].'

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