NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Residents in Ocean View woke up to a large channel marker on the beach Wednesday morning.
The large green marker, labeled with the number '33,' is anchored in the sand near the intersection of East Ocean View Avenue and Chesapeake Street.
"I would think it's part of a ship or something, part of a Navy ship," said Windsor Patrick, who came to the beach to see the marker.
Norfolk police harbor patrol estimate the marker traveled about 25 miles from the Baltimore Channel, but that will be verified after the marker is removed from the water.
Lt. Jr. Grade Jim Brendel with the United States Coast Guard told WAVY.com the missing marker should not affect marine traffic.
At this time, the Coast Guard is working on an operation to retrieve the channel marker and put a different one in the assigned position.
The marker is more of a nuisance than a hazard.
"'Wow!' That's pretty much all you can say," said Ben Powers, an Ocean View resident. "But I like it."
A safety marine information broadcast will be transmitted via VHF FM channel 16 and 13 for mariners.
Any hazards or discrepancies should be reported to the Coast Guard via VHF FM channel 16 or by phone at 757-668-5555 ext 2.
Stay with WAVY.com for more on this developing story.
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