Bye, bye Buoy: Giant red buoy in New Smyrna Beach removed

Crews were able to place the buoy on a flatbed

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – Crews arrived to New Smyrna Beach as soon as the sun came up on Thursday to remove a 13,000 pound buoy that washed ashore last week.

"It's so big and so far up on the shore it almost looks like it dropped out of the sky," Sharon Doolittle said.

Doolittle just got to Central Florida from South Dakota a few days ago and was able to take pictures with the buoy up close.

She and dozens of other beach goers woke up early on Thursday to see the buoy's removal.

"There's been a crowd here every day since it washed up on the shore," Doolittle explained.

Judy Head was visiting from Niagara Falls and told News 6 she has never seen anything like it.

"We don't see those kind of things. It's pretty amazing," Head said.

Crews were able to place the buoy on a flatbed and it will be transported to Jacksonville according to USCG.

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