Officials seek owner of paddleboard found adrift

Public assistance is being sought to help identify the owner of a paddleboard that was found Tuesday in the ocean about 2 miles off of Maalaea Bay. U.S. Coast Guard photo

The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking the owner of a red-and-white paddleboard found adrift Tuesday 2 miles off Maalaea Bay.

At 6:52 a.m., Coast Guard officials in Honolulu received a report from a good Samaritan who had come across the unmanned paddleboard adrift in the bay. A Maui Coast Guard crew aboard a 45-foot rescue boat searched the area along with the shore.

The Coast Guard advised mariners to keep a sharp lookout for signs of distress, although there had been no missing person reports.

Anyone who might be able to identify the owner of the paddleboard should contact the Coast Guard at (808) 842-2600.

Officials recommend that owners of watersports equipment write their name and phone number on their gear.

The Coast Guard offers free “if found” decals for placement on small, human-powered watercraft through the Operation Paddle Smart program. The information on the sticker helps officials quickly identify the vessel’s owner and aid search-and-rescue planners.

The stickers can be obtained for free at local harbormaster offices, through the Coast Guard Auxiliary, from Honolulu Sail and Power Squadron offices and at some marine retail and supply stores.