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Imagery Available: Coast Guard seeks public's help identifying owner of dive float found off Ka'anapali Beach, Maui

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Story by PO2 Amanda Wyrick on 09/10/2019
HONOLULU The Coast Guard is seeking the public's help identifying the owner of a dive float found approximately a quarter mile off Ka'anapali Beach, Maui, Tuesday.

An Air Station Barbers Point MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew conducted an initial search of the area. 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 helping to identify the owner is asked to contact Sector Honolulu at 808-842-2600.

Maui Fire Department crews and Ocean Safety are en route to conduct shoreline searches.

At 12:35 p.m., Sector Honolulu watchstanders received a report from a UFO Parasail employee of the adrift dive float they recovered with about 30 feet of line attached.

The Coast Guard offers free "If Found" decals to mark gear or you can write directly on it. The information on the sticker 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.

Weather on scene is winds of 20 mph and seas up to 3 feet.

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