Following Significant Search Efforts, Coast Guard reminds boaters to secure watercraft

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard and local authorities began searching for a possible person in the water after receiving a call from a good Samaritan reporting that a kayak had washed ashore on a private beach in the north end of Dabob Bay near Bangor, Wash., 6:15 p.m., Monday.

The 10-foot blue kayak contained three dry-bags that held clothing and food. No paddles were found with the kayak.

Significant efforts were made and resources were utilized by both the Coast Guard and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office in response to the report.

An HH-65C Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Group/Station Port Angeles, Wash., was launched at 7:15 p.m. Monday.

A small boat crew from Coast Guard Station Seattle also conducted a search in the vicinity of Dabob Bay while members of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office conducted a shore side search.

The kayak owner reported the kayak missing this morning and retrieved it from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

The Coast Guard reminds boaters to secure boats and other watercraft to prevent unnecessary use of search and rescue assets. In addition, it is strongly recommended that boaters put contact information on their gear and boats.

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