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News Release

June 25, 2012


UPDATE: Coast Guard locates owner of missing kayak

A blue kayak sits on a floor.   A Paddle Smart sticker.  A blue kayak sits on the floor.

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HONOLULU – The Coast Guard has located the owner of an unmanned kayak found adrift off the coast of Kihei, near Menehune Shores, Monday.

The owner contacted Coast Guard Sector Honolulu watchstanders, Monday after seeing his kayak on television. A Good Samaritan brought the vessel to Station Maui after it was located Saturday afternoon.

The kayak had no identifying markings to assist first responders in an attempt to locate the owner. The Coast Guard highly encourages mariners to label their watercraft with their name, address and phone number. A convenient way to do this is with a Paddle Smart weather-proof sticker. These stickers are free and can be easily applied by vessel owners. Labeling of watercraft is intended to help save lives, recover missing property, and reduce the time, effort and resources expended on non-emergency search and rescue.

For more information about Operation Paddle Smart, visit the following links:

For more information contact the 14th Coast Guard District public affairs office at 808-535-3230. 

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