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Navarre couple discovers ‘Robinson’s raft’ washed up on beach

| Wendy Victora Rudman

When Bart Daughtey and his wife go to the beach, they choose the most isolated stretch of sand they can find. Usually, that’s Beach Access 33A, which is in the middle of the Gulf Island National Seashore about midway between Navarre Beach and Pensacola Beach.

That’s where, about two weeks ago, they discovered the remains of a raft, constructed out of bamboo and rope. They found it not long after Hurricane Ida kicked up other treasures from the Gulf of Mexico, including the old Jet Ski that washed up near the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier.

This raft, which has been breaking apart for weeks, was discovered at Gulf Islands National Seashore after Hurricane Ida. No one knows why it’s there or what — if anything — it was used for. Photo by Wendy Victora Rudman


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