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Coast Guard seeks help identifying owner of adrift dive float off Nahiku Landing, Maui

Coast Guard seeks help identifying owner of adrift dive float off Nahiku Landing, Maui

Story by PO2 Amanda Wyrick on 06/16/2019

HONOLULU The Coast Guard is seeking the public’s help identifying the owner of an adrift dive float found about 50 feet off of the northeast side of Maui, Sunday afternoon.

Coast Guard Sector Honolulu watchstanders issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast notice to mariners to keep a sharp lookout for signs of distress.

There are currently no reports of missing persons in the area. Anyone with information that may help identify the owner of the dive float is asked to contact Sector Honolulu at 808-842-2600.

At 3:15 p.m., Sunday, watchstanders from the Sector Honolulu command center received notification of the dive float from a good Samaritan. The float is orange, missing a flag, and has about 30 feet of line attached.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Barbers Point was launched to search the surrounding area.

The Coast Guard offers free “If Found” decals to mark gear or you write directly on it. The information can allow responders to determine if someone is in distress more quickly and help get your equipment back to you. The labels 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. Similarly, if you lose kayaks, surfboard or safety equipment such as lifejackets, please report it to the Coast Guard to help our search and rescue specialists deconflict possible distress reports.

Weatheron scene is 15 mph winds with 5-foot seas.

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