Removal of Westerly mystery object scrubbed, rough surf to blame

Photo Courtesy: Peter Brockmann

WESTERLY, R.I. (WPRI) — We’ll all have to wait a little while longer for the mystery to be solved surrounding an object sitting under the water off East Beach in Westerly.

Rocky’s Tree Service was planning to pull an eight-legged metallic object up from the ocean floor Tuesday night. But the extrication has been canceled due to deteriorating conditions on the beach, East Beach Association President Peter Brockmann confirmed.

“We’ve had high surf and strong rip tides for the past couple of days. Not sure if [it’s] related to Gert, but [the storm] will make matters worse for the next couple of days,” Brockmann said.

There’s no word yet on when the removal will be rescheduled.

The circular object is located near the Niantic Avenue entrance of East Beach. Brockmann told Eyewitness News on Friday that neither local residents nor the harbor master could recall seeing the object prior to last summer.