Coast Guard Searching for Owner of Adrift Dive Float Off Oahu

The Coast Guard is seeking the public’s help identifying the owner of a dive float and flag found adrift and unmanned about 2 miles off of Sand Island Beach, Saturday.

The Coast Guard is seeking the public’s help identifying the owner of a dive float and flag found adrift and unmanned about 2 miles off of Sand Island Beach, July 8, 2017. Anyone with information that may help identify the owner of the dive float is asked to contact Coast Guard Sector Honolulu at 808-842-2600. (Courtesy photo/Released)

Coast Guard Sector Honolulu watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast alerting mariners in the area to keep a sharp lookout for signs of distress.

A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Honolulu and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point launched to search the area along with crews from the Honolulu Fire Department and Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Services.

There are currently no reported signs of distress or missing persons in the area.

Anyone with information that may help identify the owner of the dive float is asked to contact Sector Honolulu at 808-842-2600.

At 5:02 p.m., watchstanders from the Sector Honolulu command center received notification from a good Samaritan aboard the tug Capt Les Esam, that they recovered a dive float. The good Samaritan stated the dive float was red and included a dive flag, blue bodyboard, and was in good condition.

It is recommended owner’s of watersports equipment write their name and phone number on their gear. The Coast Guard offers free “If Found” decals to be placed in a visible location on small, human-powered watercraft through the Operation Paddle Smart program. 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.

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