Coast Guard responds to unmanned skiff near Laenani Neighborhood Park, Oahu

The Coast Guard responded to a report of an unmanned 10 to 12-foot purple skiff found washed up in the vicinity of Laenani Neighborhood Park, Oahu, Saturday. If you have any information regarding the ownership of this boat, please contact the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center at 808-842-2600. (Courtesy photo)

Unmanned 10 to 12-foot purple skiff found washed up in the vicinity of Laenani Neighborhood Park, Oahu, Saturday. 

HONOLULU — The Coast Guard is responding to a report of an unmanned 10 to 12-foot purple skiff found washed up in the vicinity of Laenani Neighborhood Park, Oahu, Saturday.

Anyone with information regarding the ownership of this boat, is asked to please contact the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center at 808-842-2600.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu received a call from a good Samaritan at 12:30 a.m., reporting the situation.

The watch standers immediately issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast requesting mariners keep a sharp look out and report anything of interest to the command center personnel. They also launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point to search the area.

There are no reported signs of distress or missing persons in the area currently.

Vessel owners are reminded to properly secure small craft in harbors, marinas and on beaches to prevent them being washed out to sea in high surf and storm conditions.

The Coast Guard also offers free “If Found” decal to be placed in a visible location 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, from Honolulu Sail and Power Squadron offices and at select marine retail and supply stores.

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