East Hawaii News

Coast Guard Seeks Owner of Located Kayak

January 11, 2016, 1:07 PM HST
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U.S. Coast Guard file photo courtesy PA3 Michael De Nyse.

U.S. Coast Guard file photo courtesy PA3 Michael De Nyse.

A green kayak was found in an area about one mile south of Kealakekua Bay Monday morning by the Hawai’i County Fire Department.

At about 9:22 a.m., watchstanders at Sector Honolulu Command Center received a report of the kayak from HFD, who recovered it.

The United States Coast Guard is now seeking its owner.

Coast Guard officials ask that anyone who believes they may have information that would identify the owner of the kayak should call the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center.

“The Coast Guard encourages owners who lose their watercraft to report it to the Coast Guard with a good description so that we can eliminate any unnecessary searches,” said Chief Petty Officer Chris Florscher, command duty officer at the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center.

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An urgent marine information broadcast notice was issued to mariners, however, there are no reported signs of distress or missing individuals in the area.

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The Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center can be reached at (808) 842-2600.

Free “If Found” decals can be obtained from all local harbormasters, through the Coast Guard Auxiliary and various other marine retail and supply stores. The decals are part of the Operation Paddle Smart program and can be placed on small, human powered watercraft to assist in search and rescue personnel determination the best course of action, should the watercraft be located unmanned.

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