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Published December 19, 2013, 08:34 PM

MIssing buoy launched by UND has been found

A research buoy launched by UND missing for more than a month on Devils Lake has been found. It is frozen into the ground and researchers won't be able to recover it for quite some time.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

A research buoy launched by UND missing for more than a month on Devils Lake has been found. It is frozen into the ground and researchers won't be able to recover it for quite some time.

The buoy carried 30,000 worth of scientific equipment on it and it's unclear at this point if all of that gear can be salvaged.

The buoy was launched from the Spirit Lake marina in September. It measured water quality and weather conditions in Devils Lake. But the buoy last sent signals to UND on November 9th. Searchers began looking for the buoy on land, it was finally spotted during an aerial search, frozen in mud on the shore, not far from where it was launched.

Doctor Xiaodong Zhang says they can't tell if the instruments on the buoy still work. Even so, finding Zhang says finding the buoy makes his holiday season all the sweeter.

Doctor Zhang says he'll wait until January to try and dig the stuck buoy out of the frozen mud on the shore of Devils Lake.

Zhang says he doesn't know how much damage the buoy sustained. Once they're freed it, researchers will send the water quality sensors in the device back to the manufacturer to find out if they're alright.

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