HONOLULU — The Coast Guard is asking for assistance to locate the owner of an inflatable kayak found adrift approximately one mile off Olowalu Beach, Maui, Wednesday.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center received notification from commercial vessel Safari Explorer of an adrift, unmanned 14-foot yellow and blue inflatable kayak near Olowalu Beach, Maui. Sunday this week beachgoers reported what they believed were swimmers stranded offshore in the same area.
K79 and Sevylor are the only visible markings on the kayak. Snorkel gear and a paddle were found aboard.
Coast Guard Station Maui and Department of Land and Natural Resources are questioning Olowalu Beach goers to gather information about the owner of the kayak.
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.
The Coast Guard is asking mariners to keep a sharp eye out for anyone possibly in distress.
Anyone with information that may help identify the owner of the kayak is asked to contact the Sector Honolulu Command Center at (808) 842-2600.
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.