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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 1:30 pm

Maine lobsterman's buoy found 2,500 miles away -- in France

Associated Press

ADDISON, Maine -- A Maine lobsterman's buoy has been found in France, 2,500 miles away from his boat.

WCSH-TV ( ) reported Adrian Batson offered Gilbert Mellaza some Maine lobster to ship his buoy from where it washed up in Brest, France.

Mellaza had posted a photo of the buoy on a Facebook group called "Lost at Sea." Members of the group used its ID number to track it to Batson.

Batson said the buoy's design is from 15 years ago. He knows because he paints each of his more than 600 buoys its own color.

He said his buoys break apart to protect sea life. He plans to give the buoy to one of his grandchildren.