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Local surfer, Tim Albury, found something unexpected while surfing offshore at Elbow Cay on May 30; space debris from a rocket that crashed in the Atlantic Ocean just miles north of Elbow Cay.

SpaceX Wreckage Found by Surfer Off Elbow Cay

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Local surfer, Tim Albury, found something unexpected while surfing offshore at Elbow Cay on May 30; space debris from a rocket that crashed in the Atlantic Ocean just miles north of Elbow Cay.

With the help of Troy Pritchard of Hope Town Volunteer Fire and Rescue the debris was towed onto shore where a representative from SpaceX was able to retrieve the Falcon 9 rocket’s payload fairing and the data recorder.

“I actually thought it was pretty cool. The SpaceX engineers were very eager to find this piece because it still had data recorders on it that had a lot of info on them,” he said.

He said that engineer, Joe Bussenger, travelled to Hope Town and took full responsibility for their debris and having it cleaned up.

He said he also had a call that another piece was on Island Marines boat ramp, and after checking it out found it was also theirs, but from a previous launch.

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About Timothy Roberts

Timothy Roberts

Timothy had his first venture into Journalism just months after graduating from Queen’s College in Nassau taking his first job with The Tribune in 1991 leaving in 1992 for other pursuits.

During his time in Nassau he diversified his experiences working as a warehouse manager, locksmith and computer technician before returning to Abaco, a place he has always considered home, in 1999.

He joined the staff of The Abaconian in 2001 doing graphic design and writing an opinion article called Generally Speaking and after a brief time away, returned to The Abaconian in 2010 as a reporter, graphic designer and computer technician.

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