Coast Guard finds owner of adrift kayak

Published  5:32 PM HST Jun 25, 2012
Maui kayak down
HONOLULU -

The Coast Guard located the owner of an unmanned kayak found adrift off the coast of Kihei near Menehune Shores.

The kayak owner contacted the Coast Guard 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 to 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.

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