Oregon State University is missing a pretty value piece of research machinery!! They need help finding it.
What is it? OSU/NOAA oceanographic buoy CB-06 (https://www.pmel.noaa.gov/co2/story/CB-06), formerly located 6 nm off of Cape Arago, measuring ocean chemistry and weather.
What happened? CB-06 parted from its tether and anchor around Saturday April 6. A USCG overflight on April 10 confirmed that the buoy is no longer there.
Why can’t we find it? It has 3 redundant GPS locators, but none of them are currently functional.
Where will it go? Northward, and hopefully onto an easily-accessible beach (see the NOAA trajectory model, but please note that the ocean might not behave as anticipated)
Is it dangerous? The biggest hazard it poses to the public is as a rolling beach log. Please treat it accordingly. There are no high voltage, chemical, or other hazards associated with it. OSU has the resources to recover it from the beach.
What should I do if I find it? Please contact me, Dale Hubbard at email@example.com or (541) 230-4035 (phone number is displayed on buoy), or contact an Oregon State Parks ranger at the State Park nearest where the buoy is spotted.