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Coast Guard Seeking Public’s Help Locating Owner of Kayak Found Off Big Island

The Coast Guard is seeking the public’s help identifying the owner of a two-person kayak found approximately two miles west of the Captain James Cook Monument in Kealakekua Bay on the Big Island, Wednesday.

The Coast Guard is seeking the public’s help identifying the owner of a two-person kayak found approximately two miles west of the Captain James Cook Monument in Kealakekua Bay on the Big Island, Wednesday. 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. (Courtesy photo)

The kayak is orange and red with the words Tropic II on both sides. The paddles appear to be in the stored position.

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.

At 10:37 a.m., watchstanders at Sector Honolulu Command Center received a relayed report from the Department of Land and Natural Resources informing them that the operator of the Makana Lani had recovered the kayak while transiting two miles west of Kealakekua Bay.

Sector Honolulu watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast notice to mariners and launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point to conduct a search of the area.

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

“The Coast Guard strongly encourages owners to label their gear with a name and contact information. Also, if the gear is lost, report it to the Coast Guard with a good description so that we can eliminate any unnecessary searches,” said Lt. Nicholas Spence, a search and rescue coordinator at the Sector Honolulu command center.

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.

Search for Possible Missing Kayaker Near Kauai

The Coast Guard is searching for a possible missing kayaker approximately half a mile northeast of Kilauea Point on the north shore of Kauai, Saturday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Kauai received a call at 11:11 a.m. from a good Samaritan on shore stating that she noticed an unmanned, adrift yellow kayak in the area.

The Kauai Fire Department located the kayak with dive gear that included fins, a wet suit, paddle and weights aboard. The Fire Department searched in the vicinity of the kayak and found no one in distress.

KayakThe kayak is approximately 15 feet long with the words “KAYAKKAUAI.COM” and “OCEAN KAYAK,” and a single line hanging off the side. There are no other markings on the kayak.

A 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Station Kauai is actively searching the area.

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

The Coast Guard is asking mariners to keep a sharp eye out for anyone possibly in distress.

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

Coast Guard Suspends Search for Possible Missing Kayaker Off Maui

The search for a possible missing kayaker off Maui has been suspended pending further developments.

The search began after an abandoned kayak was found off La Perouse Bay, Maui, at approximately 11 a.m., Tuesday.

A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Station Maui, an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Air Station Barbers Point and a Jet Ski from Ocean Safety searched the area for a possible kayaker in distress.

Every year, countless man hours and taxpayer dollars go to search and rescue missions where someone is not in danger.

Paddle Smart

Paddle Smart Identification Sticker

“The Coast Guard highly recommends mariners use Paddle Smart stickers and mark their personal watercraft with their contact information,” said Chief Petty Officer Jerrod Sneller, operations unit controller at Sector Honolulu Command Center. “This will reduce the number of man hours spent searching for individuals not in distress and it will allow valuable resources to be ready for actual search and rescue cases.”

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 decal is weatherproof and reflective.

The goal of Paddle Smart is to save lives and taxpayer dollars. 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.

For information on obtaining a Paddle Smart sticker, contact 808-535-3424.

Missing Kayaker Found By Volcano National Park Ranger After Boat Breaks Up in Surf

The missing 48-year-old man who the Coast Guard and Hawaii County Police and Fire was searching for was located, Thursday.

Richard Gomez

Richard Gomez

Richard Gomez was found by a Volcano National Park Ranger after his boat broke up in the surf while attempting to come ashore, Sunday.

The park ranger rendered basic first-aid to Gomez and then assisted him to a local campsite.

“Had the boater in this case carried a reliable form of communication such as a handheld VHF radio, rescuers may have been able to eliminate several unnecessary search hours that resources were diverted from other missions,” said Cmdr. Steve Wheeler, Sector Honolulu Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator. “A VHF radio distress call can often be picked up and triangulated by the Coast Guard’s Rescue 21 system, which may reduce the search area and can change the outcome of incidents like this”.

Gomez departed Hilo in a small boat at 10 a.m., Sept. 20, 2013, and was reported missing by friends.

An HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point and crewmembers from the 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Kittiwake assisted in the search.

– See more at: http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/1916918/Missing-Hilo-man-located-safe#sthash.iY9vrGpZ.dpuf

Family Ends Search for Missing Kayaker Off the Big Island

After a three day search with aerial, land and dive personnel the male kayaker that was missing off Kawaihae was not found.

Per the family, the search was to end today if nothing further was found.

Situation found at scene per HFD:

66 y/o male who is known to frequent the area separated from his kayak.  Kayak was found approximately 300 yards north of Kawaihae harbour mouth, 50 yards offshore.

Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Kayaker Off the Big Island

The Coast Guard suspended the search at sunset on Friday for a fisherman whose kayak was found unmanned and adrift 300 yards of the Kawaihae entrance on Thursday morning.

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter

The 66-year-old man, Steven Wycoff, was last seen fishing at approximately 9:30 a.m. heading north from Mauna Kea beach.  Coast Guard watchstanders in the Sector Honolulu Command Center were notified of the situation at approximately 11 a.m. Thursday.

The Coast Guard searched with air and sea assets covering more than 228 square miles in coordination with the Hawaii County Fire Department and their resources.

“After a thorough search effort alongside the Hawaii County Fire Department, we’ve come to the difficult decision to suspend this search,” said Captain Shannon Gilreath, Sector Honolulu’s commander. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time.”

Search to Resume Tomorrow for Missing Kayaker Off the Big Island

Land, Aerial and Dive searches were conducted by Fire and Rescue companies from the South Kohala and Kailua-Kona Fire Stations in hopes of locating a 66 year old male who was separated from his vessel while fishing off the Kawaihae coast.

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter

The victims vessel was found adrift, prompting a coordinated search utilizing resources from the Hawaii Fire Department, USCG, DLNR and Hawaii Police Department. The victim has not been found.  USCG will search through the night. HFD will resume it’s search at first light in the morning.

Situation Found at Scene:
Missing Kayaker, a 66 year old male separated from his vessel. Kayak was found adrift approximately 300 yards north of  the Kawaihae Harbor mouth and approximately 50 yards from shore.  The Kayaker was last seen on his kayak around 10:00 am by boaters in the area.