The U.S. Coast Guard is asking the public for help in identifying a green kayak found adrift about a half-mile off Maui on Tuesday afternoon.
After receiving a report of a kayak adrift near Lahaina, the Coast Guard issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast notice to mariners today to keep a sharp lookout for signs of distress.
There are currently no reports of missing persons in the area.
At 2:20 p.m., Sector Honolulu watchstanders received a report from sailing vessel Teralani 2’s master that they recovered a kayak with no signs of the owner in the water nearby. A Maui response crew searched the area.
“The green Scrambler XT kayak was found approximately a quarter-mile off of the Mala Boat Ramp this afternoon,” said Audrey Cage, petty officer second class and a Sector Honolulu watchstander, in a statement.
Anyone with information regarding the kayak is asked to call 808-842-2600.
The Coast Guard offers free “If Found” decals to identify gear and to determine whether someone is in distress. Stickers can be found at local harbormasters, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Honolulu Sail, Power Squadron offices, and select marine retail and supply stores.
“We recommend waterway users mark their equipment with their contact information,” said Cage in a statement. “This allows us to quickly identify if a person is in trouble or reunite the owner with their property.”
Those who lose their kayaks, surfboards or other safety equipment are asked to report it to the Coast Guard.