17.7 metre wave rips buoy from mooring

A LABORATORY has released a map showing the path of a weather buoy ripped from its mooring after recording a massive 17.7-metre wave off the New South Wales coast.

The Manly Hydraulics Laboratory say the buoy was dragged by the East Australian Current in a huge ocean eddy that amazingly returned the buoy not far from where it began, ABC reports

Principal engineer at the Manly Hydraulics Laboratory, Ed Couriel, said staff at the laboratory, a business unit of NSW Public Works, said the buoy had broken away from its mooring around midnight on Saturday, June 4.

Mr Couriel said the laboratory issued marine alerts that the buoy was adrift, but that "interestingly, it didn't move much until the afternoon of the Sunday".

Topics:  new south wales wave

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