Green kayak found adrift off Olowalu

This green kayak was found adift Tuesday about 5 miles off the coast of Olowalu, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Anyone with information about the owners is asked to call (808) 842-2600. U.S. Coast Guard photo

The Maui News

The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking the public’s help identifying the owner of a green kayak found adrift about 5 miles off Olowalu on Tuesday.

At 8:45 a.m., Sector Honolulu Command Center received a report from Coast Guard Station Maui about a good Samaritan who had found the green kayak, which had no gear on board and was partially submerged.

A 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew from Station Maui launched to search the area. Sector Honolulu issued an urgent marine information broadcast notice to mariners to keep a sharp lookout for signs of distress. There were no reports of missing persons in the area.

Anyone with information on the owner of the kayak should contact the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center at (808) 842-2600.

Owners of watersports equipment are encouraged to label their gear with a name and contact information. The Coast Guard offers free “If Found” decals to be placed on small, human-powered watercraft through the Operation Paddle Smart program. The information on the sticker can allow response entities to quickly identify the vessel’s owner and aid search-and-rescue planners in determining the best course of action. The stickers can be obtained for free at local harbormasters, through the Coast Guard Auxiliary and at select marine supply stores.

Anyone who loses a kayak, surfboard or safety equipment such as a lifejacket should also report it to the Coast Guard to help search-and-rescue specialists handle possible distress reports.