Owner of adrift kayak located safely ashore

Hawaii-Pacific Coast Guard News
HONOLULU — The Coast Guard has located the owner of an inflatable kayak found adrift approximately one mile off Olowalu Beach, Maui, Wednesday. The owner stated the kayak blew off the beach late in the night.

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 first responders 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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