The Coast Guard is seeking the public’s help in identifying the owner of an adrift dive float found off Maui.
Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center received Wednesday a radio call on VHF channel 16 at noon from a mariner who recovered the float approximately 50 yards offshore of Makena Landing Park.
A 45-foot response boat-medium crew from Station Maui is conducting a search of the area and a Maui Fire Department crew conducted a search of the parking lot. There are no missing persons or distress reports in the area.
Anyone with information that may help identify the owner of the dive float is asked to contact the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center at (808) 842-2600.
The Coast Guard advises the public to register and label all watercraft and equipment with contact information in order to quickly account for owners and prevent any unnecessary searches.
Through the Operation Paddle Smart program, the Coast Guard offers a free “If Found” decal to be placed in a visible location on small, human-powered watercraft. 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 for free at local harbormasters, through the Coast Guard Auxiliary, from Honolulu Sail and Power Squadron offices and at select marine retail and supply stores.