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Adrift Dive Float Off Kanahā, Maui

June 15, 2019, 12:49 PM HST
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The Coast Guard is seeking the public’s help identifying the owner of an adrift dive float found about 30 yards off Kanahā Beach Park, Maui, Saturday morning.

Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Amanda Wyrick

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 10 a.m., Saturday, watchstanders from the Sector Honolulu command center received notification of the red, adrift dive float from the Maui Fire Department. Firefighters searched the area along the shore and Ocean Safety members searched on Jet skis.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Barbers Point diverted from regular training 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.


Weather on scene is 15 mph winds with 3-foot seas.

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