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Coast Guard seeks public’s help finding owner of adrift kayak off Wailea

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The Coast Guard is seeking the public’s help identifying the owner of an adrift blue and green Renegade kayak found adrift and unmanned about 2 miles off of Wailea, Maui, Tuesday.

Sector Honolulu watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast alerting mariners in the area to keep a sharp lookout for signs of distress. A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Maui launched to search the area.

There are currently no reported signs of distress or missing persons in the area.

Anyone with information that may help identify the owner of the kayak is asked to contact Coast Guard Sector Honolulu at 808-842-2600.

At 7:15 a.m., watchstanders from the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center received notification from a good Samaritan on the passenger vessel Redline One, that they recovered a kayak. The good Samaritan stated the kayak had one paddle on board and was in good condition.

It is recommended owner’s of watersports equipment write their name and phone number on their gear. The Coast Guard offers free “If Found” decals to be placed in a visible location on small, human-powered watercraft through the Operation Paddle Smart program. The information on the sticker can allow response entities 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, through the Coast Guard Auxiliary, from Honolulu Sail and Power Squadron offices and at select marine retail and supply stores.

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