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Paddle board found adrift off Maui with no one aboard

  • Courtesy Strike Zone

The Coast Guard is asking the public’s help identifying the owner of a 12-foot paddle board found adrift today about two miles off Ulua Beach Park, Maui.

The white board, with yellow and red markings, was found by the fishing vessel Strike Zone, which notified the Coast Guard about 8 a.m.

There were no reported signs of distress or missing persons in the area, the Coast Guard said by email.

Anyone with information that might help identify the owner of the board is asked to contact the Honolulu Command Center at 808-842-2600.

“The Coast Guard strongly encourages owners to label their gear with a name and contact information,” said Lt. Nicholas Spence, a search and rescue coordinator. “Also, if the gear is lost, report it to the Coast Guard with a good description so that we can eliminate any unnecessary searches.”

The Coast Guard offers free “If Found” decals to be placed in a visible location on small, human-powered watercraft through the Operation Paddle Smart program. The information on the sticker can allow response entities to quickly identify the vessel’s owner and aid search and rescue planners in determining the best course of action.

The stickers can be obtained at local harbormasters’ office, through the Coast Guard Auxiliary, from Honolulu Sail and Power Squadron offices and at select marine retail and supply stores.

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