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Coast Guard Seeks Help Identifying Owner of Surfboard Found in West Maui

March 17, 2020, 11:28 PM HST
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(3.17.2020) Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Amanda Wyrick; U.S. Coast Guard District 14 Hawaii Pacific

The Coast Guard is seeking the public’s help in identifying the owner of an adrift surfboard found south of Lahaina, Tuesday.

At 1:40 p.m., Coast Guard Sector Honolulu watchstanders received notification from a good Samaritan reporting they found the surfboard washing up to the shore with no signs of the owner.

Anyone with information is asked to call Sector Honolulu at (808) 842-2600. Fire Department crews initiated a shoreline search and had no reports of missing persons in the area.

Sector Honolulu watchstanders issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast notice to mariners.

The Coast Guard offers free “If Found” decals to mark gear or you 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.

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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.

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The weather on scene was winds of 30 mph and seas 4-6 feet.

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