HONOLULU — The owner of the adrift yellow kayak found Sunday has been located safe ashore on Kauai. The good news came at the end of a long weekend “lost and found” report.
The kayaker was never in distress. The Coast Guard contacted local authorities and was notified that a man had put in a report for a missing kayak on Friday. The kayak found matched the description of the one missing.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu received notification from the charter vessel HOLO HOLO that reported sighting an unmanned 15-foot yellow, two-person inflatable kayak adrift approximately seven miles seaward of Barking Sands Beach, Kauai.
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.