Search Underway for Possible Missing Diver at McGregor Point, Maui
By Wendy Osher
The search is underway for a possible missing diver in waters off of Māʻalaea on Maui tonight (Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014)
A crew aboard a Coast Guard response boat discovered an unattended dive flag adrift in Maui waters at around 6:45 p.m. while conducting routine training at Māʻalaea Bay, according to information released by the US Coast Guard.
In an agency press release, officials with the US Coast Guard said the search is focused approximately two miles southeast of McGregor Point, and crews are asking for mariners to keep a sharp eye out for anyone that may be in distress.
Officials described the dive float’s flag as red and white with an orange and yellow line attached to a broken clasp.
Anyone with information that may help to identify the owner of the float is asked to contact the Sector Honolulu Command Center at (808) 842-2600.
The agency took the opportunity to provide information on its Operation Paddle Smart Program that offers free “If Found” decals that can be placed on small, human-powered watercraft.
The labels include contact information so that authorities can quickly account for owners and prevent any unnecessary searches.
“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,” said Coast Guard representatives in an agency press release.