Coast Guard Sector Northern New England deals with large number of unmanned vessels

By Horia Varlan from Bucharest, Romania (White and orange boat on a turquoise sea)[see page for license], via Wikimedia Commons from Wikimedia Commons' PORTLAND, Maine- Coast Guard Sector Northern New England had 17 cases this weekend involving unmanned adrift vessels during heavy weather.

It is the Coast Guard’s policy to treat every unmanned adrift vessels as a possible person in the water case until it can be determined beyond a reasonable doubt that there wasn’t someone aboard.

The only way to conclude these cases is to locate the owner, make a determination based on the facts of the situation that the vessel has been abandoned or suspend operations after an unsuccessful and intense search effort.

The Coast Guard asks mariners to make an extra effort to keep vessel registration up to date and visible on the vessel. Kayaks and canoes should have identifying information as well.

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