Coast Guard: Dive float found adrift off Kanaha

Dive float found in waters off Kanaha Beach Park. U.S. Coast Guard photo

The Maui News

The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking the public’s help identifying the owner of a red dive float found adrift about 30 yards off Kanaha Beach Park on Saturday morning.

At 10 a.m. Saturday, watchstanders from the Sector Honolulu Command Center received a report of the adrift dive float from the Maui Fire Department. Firefighters searched the area along the shore, while lifeguards searched on Jet Skis.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Barbers Point diverted from regular training to search the surrounding area, while 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 dive float 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.