Coast Guard searching for owner of adrift surfboard

Coast Guard searching for owner of adrift surfboard

EAST HONOLULU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Coast Guard is searching for the owner of an unmanned surfboard found adrift approximately one mile south of Diamond Head on Wednesday.

Anyone with information that may help identify the owner of the surfboard is asked to contact the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center at 808-842-2600.

Watchstanders at the Sector Honolulu Command Center received a report at 3:43 p.m. from a good Samaritan at Diamond Head lookout, stating she spotted an unmanned surfboard adrift in the area.

The surfboard is white with yellow rails and the Hawaiian Islands on the top and bottom of the board.

There are currently no 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. Positive identification may also allow the item to be returned to the owner.

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.

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