Search underway for possible missing diver off Maui

Hawaii-Pacific Coast Guard News
HONOLULU – The Coast Guard is searching for a possible missing diver approximately two miles southeast of McGregor Point, Maui.

A 45-foot Response-Boat Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Maui discovered a dive float adrift at 6:45 p.m. while conducting routine training in Maalaea Bay. The dive float’s flag is red and white with an orange and yellow line attached to a broken clasp.

The Coast Guard is currently searching the surrounding area and is asking mariners to keep a sharp eye out for anyone possibly in distress.

Anyone with information that may help identify the owner of the float is asked to contact the Sector Honolulu Command Center at (808) 842-2600.

The Coast Guard advises the public to label all watercraft and equipment with contact information in order to quickly account for owners and prevent any unnecessary searches.

Through the Operation Paddle Smart program, the Coast Guard offers a free “If Found” decal to be placed in a visible location on watercraft. The information on the sticker can allow response entities to quickly identify the vessel’s owner and aid in search and rescue planners in determining the best course of action.

The stickers can be obtained for free at local harbormasters, the Coast Guard Auxiliary, from Honolulu Sail and Power Squadron offices, and at select marine retail and supply stores.

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