Coast Guard seeks public’s help identifying owner of kayak near Pearl Harbor

The Coast Guard is seeking the public’s help identifying the owner of an adrift yellow and white kayak found approximately 4 miles south of Pearl Harbor, April 14, 2018. Anyone with information that may help identify the owner of the kayak is asked to contact Coast Guard Sector Honolulu at 808-842-2600. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Released)

The  yellow and white kayak found approximately 4 miles south of Pearl Harbor, April 14, 2018. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

HONOLULU — The Coast Guard is seeking the public’s help identifying the owner of an adrift yellow and white kayak found approximately 4 miles south of Pearl Harbor, Saturday.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, and a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Honolulu launched to search the area.

Coast Guard Sector Honolulu issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast notice to mariners to keep a sharp lookout for signs of distress.

There are currently no reports of missing persons in the area.

Anyone with information that may help identify the owner of the kayak is asked to contact Sector Honolulu at 808-842-2600.

At 7:45 a.m., watchstanders from the Sector Honolulu command center received notification from a good Samaritan aboard the Tug Nene regarding an adrift kayak. The float is yellow and white with the words Hustler Pelican on it. It has a black seat but no paddle or lines attached.

It is recommended owners of watersports equipment write their name and phone number on their gear. The Coast Guard offers free “If Found” decals 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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