Coast Guard searching after empty kayak found adrift

Southeastern Coast Guard News
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Coast Guard is seeking the public’s help in identifying the owner of a green kayak found approximately six miles off Boca Grande Pass, Fla., Thursday.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg Command Center received notification that a 10-foot green Sun Dolphin Aruba II kayak was found overturned by a good Samaritan at 4 p.m. There was an empty sandwich wrapper from with a Gander Mountain Stores label on it, dead bait shrimp and wire fishing leader found in the kayak.

The Coast Guard has launched search and rescue crews aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Clearwater, a 45-Foot Response Boat-Medium from Station Cortez and diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Marlin, an 87-foot Coastal Patrol Boat from Sector Key West.

Anyone able to identify the kayak’s owner is asked to contact Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders at 727-824-7506.

The Coast Guard recommends owners place contact information on kayaks, dinghies, and other small vessels so personel can ensure the return of the vessel if it is found unmanned at sea. Paddle smart stickers may be obtained through local Coast Guard Auxiliary flotillas.

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