Coast Guard seeks public’s assistance in locating adrift kayak’s owner

Hawaii-Pacific Coast Guard News
HONOLULU – The Coast Guard is seeking the public’s assistance after receiving a report of an unmanned and adrift red kayak approximately one mile south of Maunalua Bay, Wednesday.

A recreational vessel reported an Equinox red kayak adrift with two paddles and a seat inside.

The Koko Marina Harbormaster recovered the kayak where it remains for the owner to claim.

The Coast Guard is not actively searching and no one has been reported missing or in distress in the area.

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, through the Coast Guard Auxiliary, from Honolulu Sail and Power Squadron offices and at select marine retail and supply stores.

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

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