The Coast Guard is searching for the owner or operator of an unmanned adrift black kayak found one mile offshore of Kahaluu Beach Park, on the Big Island, Tuesday.
An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point is currently searching for a possible person in the water.
Anyone with information that may help identify the owner or operator of the kayak is asked to contact the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center at 808-842-2600.
Watchstanders at the Sector Honolulu Command Center received a report at 10:40 a.m., from a good Samaritan stating they had recovered a black kayak in the vicinity of Keauhou Bay near Kahaluu Beach Park.
Sector Honolulu issued an urgent marine information broadcast notice to mariners and launched the Dolphin crew. There are currently no reported signs of distress or missing persons in the area.
“The Coast Guard encourages ocean goers to always file a float plan and leave it with a reliable person who can be depended upon to notify the Coast Guard, or other rescue agency, should you not return or check‐in as planned,” said Lt. Nicholas Spence, a command duty officer at Sector Honolulu. “In addition, it’s important to label your watercraft with contact information so that if found adrift, we can help identify the owner and determine whether or not that person is in distress.”
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. Positive identification may also allow the item to be returned to the owner.
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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