The Coast Guard is trying to identify the owner of a yellow kite sail spotted just outside the breakwall of Kahului Harbor Sunday and is asking for the public’s help.
The crew of a Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter is searching the area around the harbor and the Coast Guard is broadcasting an alert asking mariners to keep a sharp lookout and report any sightings to the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center.
The cruise ship Pride of America saw the sail and reported it at 6:08 p.m.
“We currently have no reports of missing persons but when we are notified of unmanned and adrift watersports equipment we err on the side of caution and search for the user if we can’t immediately identify and reach the owner.” said Petty Officer 1st Class Tyler Peterson, a Coast Guard Sector Honolulu search and rescue planner.
Anyone with information that may help identify the owner of the sail is asked to contact the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center at 808-842-2600.
The Coast Guard urges owners of watersports equipment to mark their equipment with a free Paddle Smart “If Found” decal and include identifying information in permanent marker to help rescuers identify the owner of adrift equipment. The decals are free at local harbormaster and some marine retail and supply stores.