Coast Guard searching for possible missing kayaker near Maui

Hawaii-Pacific Coast Guard News
HONOLULU — The Coast Guard is searching for a possible missing kayaker approximately a quarter of a mile offshore from Mala Wharf, Maui Thursday.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu command center received a call from the operator of the dive boat, Grad School, stating he recovered an adrift blue kayak in the area.

The operator did not see any signs of distress or marine growth on the kayak.

The kayak is approximately 14 feet long with the words “OCEAN KAYAK,” and other markings in yellow.

Sector Honolulu issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast and launched a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Maui to search the area.

An engine crew from the Maui Fire Department was dispatched to Mala Wharf.

The Coast Guard is asking mariners to keep a sharp eye out for anyone possibly in distress.
Anyone with information that can help identify the owner of the kayak is asked to contact the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center at (808) 842-2600.

The Coast Guard advises the public to register and 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 small, human-powered watercraft. 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, the Coast Guard Auxiliary, from Honolulu Sail and Power Squadron offices and at select marine retail and supply stores.

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