HONOLULU — The Coast Guard is seeking the public’s help identifying the owner of an adrift body board and inflatable pool toy found approximately 3.5 miles off Ko’ Olina, Sunday.
The blue Body Glove body board and the inflatable, giraffe-like pool toy were found offshore by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Kittiwake (WPB 87316).
Anyone with information that may help identify the owner of the board or pool float is asked to contact Coast Guard Sector Honolulu at 808-842-2600.
At 6 p.m., watchstanders from the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu command center received notification from the Kittiwake crew that they spotted and recovered the two water toys and are conducting a search of the area.
Sector Honolulu watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast notice to mariners and launched an MH-65 Dolphin aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point to conduct a search of the area.
There are currently no reported signs of distress or missing persons in the area.
The Coast Guard offers free “If Found” decals to be placed in a visible location on small, human-powered watercraft through the Operation Paddle Smart program. The information on the sticker can allow response entities 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, through the Coast Guard Auxiliary, from Honolulu Sail and Power Squadron offices and at select marine retail and supply stores. It is also recommended that waterway users report any known lost equipment to the Coast Guard to deconflict any reports of adrift gear.