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Coast Guard searching for owner of adrift paddleboard


    The Coast Guard is seeking the public’s help identifying the owner of an unmanned, adrift blue and white stand up paddle board found near Maunalua Bay, Oahu, Sunday.

The U.S. Coast Guard is asking the public’s help in finding the owner of a blue and white stand up paddle board found adrift near the entrance channel to Hawaii Kai in Maunalua Bay today.

Officials at the Sector Honolulu Command Center at 7:10 a.m. received a notification about the board from the crew of the sea vessel Sara Ann, who recovered it and brought it to the Hawaii Kai boat ramp.

There were no reported signs of distress or missing people in the area, Coast Guard officials said in a statement.

Sector Honolulu issued an urgent marine information broadcast notice to all mariners and launched a rescue helicopter crew to search the surrounding area along with help from the Honolulu Fire Department.

“The Coast Guard strongly encourages owners to label their gear with a name and contact information. Also, if the gear is lost, report it to the Coast Guard with a good description so that we can eliminate any unnecessary searches,” said Charles Turner, command duty officer, Sector Honolulu command center.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center 808-842-2600.

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