>ELM NOAA Buoy Recovery

>On January 12, USCGC ELM, a 225 foot sea-going buoy tender home ported in Atlantic Beach, NC, recovered the adrift NOAA Weather Data Buoy 41036 over 400 nautical miles east of Cape Hatteras. The buoy was set adrift from its Onslow Bay, NC mooring following a December storm.

After completing aids to navigation service responsibilities in the Cape Fear River on January 10th, ELM proceeded on a two day transit to locate and recover the runaway Buoy. With the help of Navy weather forecasters and the buoy’s satellite positioning signal tracked by the National Data Buoy Center, ELM successfully recovered the $250,000 weather data buoy 100 miles Northwest of Bermuda between winter gales. The 41036 Data Buoy was specially outfitted with research components by the University of North Carolina and is used by meteorologists to help generate advanced weather reports.