Imagery Available: Coast Guard seeks help identifying owner of boat found on Kauai

U.S. Coast Guard District 14 Hawaii Pacific
Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew West

Date: 08.15.2019
Posted: 08.16.2019 00:52
News ID: 336140
Coast Guard seeks help identifying owner of boat found on Kauai

HONOLULU — The Coast Guard is seeking the public’s assistance identifying the owner of a 10-foot, white, fiberglass boat found on Waimea beach, Thursday.

An Air Station Barbers Point MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew conducted a 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.

At 2:20 p.m., Sector Honolulu watchstanders received a report from a good Samaritan stating she found the overturned boat on the beach. Inside was some gear including coolers, a fishing rod, and a gas tank. 

Sector Honolulu watchstanders issued a UMIB, notified Kauai County dispatch and Kauai Department of Land and Natural Resources, and deployed the Dolphin aircrew. Kauai first responders queried beachgoers in the area who reported nothing unusual. 

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 17 mph and seas up to 2 feet.