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Coast Guard seeking help in locating kayak’s owner

February 2, 2014
The Maui News

The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking the public's help after receiving a report of an unmanned blue kayak overturned and adrift Saturday approximately 3 miles northwest of Honolua Bay.

The cruise ship Veendam reported the blue kayak adrift at approximately 10 a.m., and the kayak remains adrift, the Coast Guard said.

There were no reports of anyone missing or in distress in the area, officials said, but the Coast Guard was searching Saturday afternoon with an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Barbers Point to try to rule out anyone in distress.

The Coast Guard asks boaters to register and label all watercraft and equipment with contact information to enable officials to quickly account for owners and prevent unnecessary searches.

Through the Operation Paddle Smart program, the Coast Guard offers a free "If Found" decal to be placed in a visible location on small, human-powered watercraft. The information on the sticker quickly identifies a vessel's owner and helps search-and-rescue planners determine the best course of action.

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

Anyone with information about the owner of the kayak is asked to call Coast Guard officials in Honolulu at (808) 842-2600.

 
 

 

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