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Coast Guard recovers kayak adrift near Maunalua Bay

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 06:14 a.m. HST, Jan 02, 2014

The Coast Guard recovered an unmanned red kayak about 1 mile south of Maunalua Bay Wednesday and is asking for public's help to find the vessel's owner.

A boater in the area first spotted the empty Equinox kayak, adrift with two paddles and a seat inside, according to a news release issued by the Coast Guard.

The kayak was turned over to the Koko Marina harbormaster's office, where it can be claimed by the owner. The Coast Guard is not actively searching for anyone, the release stated. 

The release also noted that through the Operation Paddle Smart program, the Coast Guard offers a free "If Found" decal to be placed in a visible location on small, human-powered watercraft. The information on the sticker can be used to quickly identify the vessel's owner and to aid in search-and-rescue efforts. The stickers can be obtained at local harbormasters, through the Coast Guard Auxiliary, from Honolulu Sail and Power Squadron offices, and at various marine retail and supply stores.

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

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paniolo wrote:
Finder's keepers. If you don't put your contact info, too bad. Coast Guard and HFD can't call to verify if you're safe or not. CG is not searching for anyone. It's only a waste of time and resources for CG and HFD if this is a kayak that just floated away. This happened way too often.
on January 2,2014 | 08:25AM
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