Coast Guard is seeking the public's assistance after receiving a report of an
unmanned adrift, black and grey inflatable dinghy offshore approximately two
and a half miles west of Kaanapali, Maui, Monday.
passenger ferry Molokai Princess reported the dinghy adrift at approximately
7:45 a.m., and took it in tow back to Kaunakakai Harbor, Molokai. The
dinghy is approximately 10 feet long with a 6 horsepower outboard
engine. There are no markings on the vessel, the oars and equipment in the
dinghy appear to be stowed and it appeared to have broken free from another
has been reported missing or in distress in the area.
Coast Guard advises the public to register and label all watercraft and
equipment with contact information in order to quickly account for owners and
prevent any unnecessary searches.
the Operation Paddle Smart program, the Coast Guard offers a free "If
Found" decal to be placed in a visible location on small, human-powered
watercraft. 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.
stickers can be obtained for free at local harbormasters, the Coast Guard
Auxiliary, from Honolulu Sail and Power Squadron offices and at select marine
retail and supply stores.
with information that may help identify the owner of the dinghy is asked to
contact the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center at (808) 842-2600.