Search for Possible Missing Kayaker Near Kauai
The Coast Guard is searching for a possible missing kayaker in the Kaulakahi Channel off Kauai, Sunday.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu received notification from the charter vessel HOLO HOLO that reported sighting an unmanned 15-foot yellow, two-person inflatable kayak adrift approximately seven miles seaward of Barking Sands Beach, Kauai.
The only marking is a Pacific Extreme label. A red life jacket and a black and yellow paddle towel were found aboard.
The charter vessel monitored the area and no one appeared to be in distress.
An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point was launched to the scene to search for anyone in distress.
The Coast Guard advises the public to label all watercraft and equipment with contact information in order to quickly account for owners and prevent any unnecessary searches.
The Coast Guard is asking mariners to keep a sharp eye out for anyone possibly in distress.
Anyone with information that may help identify the owner of the kayak is asked to contact the Sector Honolulu Command Center at (808) 842-2600.
Through the Operation Paddle Smart program, the Coast Guard offers a free "If Found" decal to be placed in a visible location on watercraft. The information on the sticker can allow first responders 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, the Coast Guard Auxiliary, from Honolulu Sail and Power Squadron offices, and at select marine retail and supply stores.