The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking the public’s help identifying the owner of a dive float found approximately a quarter mile off Kāʻanapali Beach on Tuesday afternoon.
At 12:35 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10, Coast Guard Sector Honolulu received a report from a UFO Parasail employee of the adrift dive float they recovered with about 30 feet of line attached.
In response Coast Guard officials sent out an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Barber’s Point to conduct an initial search of the area, as well as issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast Notice to Mariners to keep a sharp lookout for any signs of distress.
There are currently no reports of missing persons in the area. Anyone with information helping to identify the owner is asked to contact Coast Guard Sector Honolulu at (808) 842-2600.
Maui Fire Department crews and Ocean Safety are en route to conduct shoreline searches.
Coast Guard officials said they offer free “If Found” decals to mark gear or you can write directly on it. The information on the sticker can allow responders to determine if someone is in distress more quickly and help get your equipment back to you they said.
“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,” stated a press release from the 14 District Coast Guard Public Affairs Office. “Similarly, if you lose kayaks, surfboards or safety equipment such as lifejackets, please report it to the Coast Guard to help our search and rescue specialists deconflict possible distress reports.”
Weather on scene was reported as winds of 20 mph and seas up to three feet.