Due to the strong winds that have reached and exceeded 40 knots at sea in the past few days (Thursday through Sunday), the oceanographic buoy Vida has become detached from its anchorage.
When we were sure the buoy was out of position on Monday morning, 11/10/2021, we quickly organized a search and rescue operation. We found the buoy Vida on Monday afternoon with the help of a flyover in the middle of the Adriatic Sea between Savudrija and Lignano (IT), about 16 miles from Piran. On Tuesday, Oct. 12, when weather conditions were favorable, we searched for the buoy with our vessel and slowly towed it into Portorož Marina. The crossing took a total of 14 hours.
The damage caused and the time when the buoy was detached are still being determined. We are working to ensure that the Vida buoy, which has been continuously providing meteorological and oceanographic data for many years, is operational again at its location as soon as possible.