Owner of unmanned, adrift dinghy found safe on shore

Photo: U.S. Coast Guard
Photo: U.S. Coast Guard

The U.S. Coast Guard has located the owner of an unmanned black and grey inflatable dinghy found adrift, approximately two and a half miles west of Kaanapali, Maui. The passenger ferry Molokai Princess reported the dinghy adrift at approximately 7:45 a.m. Monday, and took it in tow back to Kaunakakai Harbor, Molokai.

The U.S. Coast Guard says the owner was found safe and sound on shore. The mariner was never in distress and the dinghy had broken loose from the harbor.

The 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.

Through 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. The 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.

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