United States Coast Guard - 14th District Hawaii & the Pacific

01/12/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/12/2018 22:00

Imagery Available: Coast Guard seeks public's help identifying owner of found kayak off Maliko Gulch, Maui

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U.S. Coast Guard 14th District Hawaii and the Pacific
Contact: 14th District Public Affairs
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Imagery Available: Coast Guard seeks public's help identifying owner of found kayak off
Maliko Gulch, Maui

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HONOLULU - The Coast Guard is seeking the public's help identifying the owner of an unmanned green kayak found on the rocks in the vicinity of Maliko Gulch, Maui, Friday.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, Oahu, launched to search the area.

Coast Guard Sector Honolulu issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast notice to mariners to keep a sharp lookout eye for signs of distress.

There are currently no reports of missing persons in the area.

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

At approximately 12:18 p.m., watchstanders from the Sector Honolulu command center received notification from a good Samaritan stating he spotted an unmanned kayak on the rocks in the vicinity of Maliko Gulch while flying his drone.

It is recommended owners 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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