Mooring recovery wire
A loop of fibre or wire rope, thrown over a buoy to pick up the buoy chain when lifting.
In the USA, the terms lariat and lasso are applied to a loop of fibre or wire rope, or chain, thrown over an unlighted buoy when picking it up out of the water.
Please note that this is the term as it stands in the original IALA Dictionary edition (1970-1989)
United States of America
International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities - AISM