Prior to the recovery, the workboat was deployed with technicians to remove some of the delicate meteorological instruments that could be damaged during the recovery. At that time a pickup sling and floating line were shackled to the buoy’s lifting bale to make recovery easier.
Once most of the line was recovered, the mooring line/load was transferred to the mooring winch for the remainder of the recovery. Recovery of wire rope and instruments is more controlled, and therefore safer, using the winch.
The crane lifted the buoy out of the water and brought it to rest against the side of the ship. Lines from three air tuggers were attached to point on the buoy to control the swinging of the 5,000-pound buoy as it was lifted on board.