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Search ends after 'missing' kayaker found safe on shore

By Rob Shikina and Gregg K. Kakesako


The Coast Guard ended its search for a possible missing kayaker after the man called officials this morning to let them know that he was safe on shore.

Some stand-up paddlers noticed the kayak drifting about a quarter-mile outside of the breakers near Kualoa Beach Park at about 5:30 p.m., said Honolulu fire Capt. Terry Seelig. The paddlers didn't see anyone and eventually went to the kayak, brought it in, and notified firefighters who were doing training in the area.

The 8-foot blue kayak contained an empty dive bag, dumbbell weight and paddle.

The Coast Guard and the Honolulu Fire Department started searching by air, sea and on the ground for a possible missing kayaker. The Coast Guard said the man saw reports of the search effort on the morning news and called them at about 7:30 a.m..

The Coast Guard said the kayak’s owner said he was diving Thursday and his kayak had drifted off.

Coast Guard officials say paddlers should mark their equipment with their contact information so that similar situations can be avoided. Free stickers are available from local harbormasters, through the Coast Guard Auxilary and some retail and marine supply stores.

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