Adrift kayak prompts multi agency search off Oahu

14th Coast Guard District NewsHONOLULU – The Coast Guard, Navy and Honolulu Fire Department are searching for a possible missing kayaker near Ka’a’awa, Oahu.

At 5:30 p.m. Thursday, local residents contacted the fire department and reported an eight-foot blue kayak adrift approximately 1 mile off Kualoa Beach Park. The residents paddled out and conducted a search of the vessel. Found aboard was an empty dive bag, a dumbbell weight attached to a 20-foot line tied off to the kayak and a double-bladed paddle.

At 5:40 p.m. the fire department contacted the Coast Guard. An Air Station Barbers Point based MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter crew and the Honolulu based Coast Guard Cutter Ahi crew were launched and joined the fire department helicopter, rescue boat and shoreline rescue crews already searching. A Navy P-3 Orion airplane crew is also searching.

The kayak has not been connected to a missing person or distress case. The Coast Guard requests anyone with information concerning the kayak or its owner contact the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu 24-hour operation center at 808-842-2600.

Individuals are encouraged to mark their personal watercraft with contact information to assist rescuers in determining if someone is missing or if the watercraft has inadvertently drifted away. Free paddle smart stickers provide an easy way to mark watercraft with contact information and are available to mariners from the Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary.

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