The Coast Guard is seeking the public’s help identifying the owner of an adrift kayak found about five miles off Olowalu, in West Maui on Tuesday morning, May 21, 2019.
The green kayak was found by a good Samaritan at around 8:45 a.m. Officials say it had no gear on board and was partially submerged.
Authorities say there were no reports of missing persons in that particular area.
A crew from Station Maui launched a response boat and conducted a search of the area. Watchstanders also issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast notice to mariners asking them to keep a sharp lookout for signs of distress.
Anyone with information that may help identify the owner of the kayak is asked to contact Sector Honolulu at (808) 842-2600.
The Coast Guard offers free “If Found” decals to mark gear. The information on the sticker can allow responders to determine if someone is in distress more quickly and help get equipment back to its rightful owner. The labels 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. Similarly, if a kayak, surfboard or safety equipment such as lifejackets are lost, a report should be made to the Coast Guard to help search and rescue specialists deconflict possible distress reports.