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Adrift kayak prompts search in Maui

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:02 a.m. HST, Feb 02, 2014

The Coast Guard is looking for the owner of an unmanned, overturned, blue kayak that was found approximately three miles northwest of Honolua Bay in Maui around 10 a.m. Saturday.

According to the Coast Guard, there were no reports of missing or distressed individuals in the area, but they are working with a helicopter crew from Air Station Barbers Point to try to rule out anyone in distress.

The cruise ship Veendam reported the kayak adrift. The kayak is still adrift, according to the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard advises the public to register and label all watercraft and equipment with contact information in order to quickly account for owners and prevent unnecessary searches. 

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

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nitpikker wrote:
obviously a registration system for watercraft is needed, like vehicle registration along with fees, because people are just too irresponsible to do it voluntarily. i wonder how much is spent on searches of watercraft found empty and adrift? not to mention when half-sunken craft also pose a navigation hazard. irresponsible...
on February 1,2014 | 05:52PM
SueH wrote:
Even if the owner put identification markings on it, the Coast Guard wouldn't know who to contact if the kayak was left adrift! I guess they'd rather mobilize expensive helicopters and search vessels instead of checking for identification markings on the kayak FIRST, IF it had been recovered.
on February 1,2014 | 06:28PM
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