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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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Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
Send him the bill for all the time, energy and effort spent. Aiya.
on January 20,2012 | 12:39PM
svache wrote:
That sounds pretty ignorant. If it's true that his kayak drifted off, like he stated, he might as well have drowned if he actually did try to get it instead of going to shore. I doubt he gave up his kayak just for fun. Sure, you could always say something about him not having marked his kayak but as long as there is no law for doing that (I wouldn't mind if there was, though), you cannot really send the bill to him. At least he called as soon as he noticed they were searching, he could as well just have let it be and we would never have find out.
on January 20,2012 | 01:32PM
copperwire9 wrote:
I agree, svache.
on January 20,2012 | 01:51PM
juscasting wrote:
"The 8-foot blue kayak contained an empty dive bag, dumbbell weight and paddle?" The dumbbell weight was his anchor, WTF is doing in the kayak? Das Y you lost your kayak...Duhhhhh : \
on January 20,2012 | 02:13PM
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