Owner of adrift dive float located safe on Maui

Hawaii-Pacific Coast Guard News
HONOLULU — The owner of a found, adrift dive float and flag has been located safe ashore on Maui, Tuesday.

The diver was never in distress. He saw his gear broadcasted on the local news and was able to retrieve it from Coast Guard Station Maui. The man said his gear floated away from him.

A 45-foot Response-Boat Medium crew from Station Maui discovered a dive float and flag adrift at 6:45 p.m., Friday, while conducting routine training in Maalaea Bay.

The Coast Guard searched the surrounding area and asked mariners to keep a sharp eye out for anyone possibly in distress.

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, Honolulu Sail and Power Squadron offices, and at select marine retail and supply stores.

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