Coast Guard Searches for Kayak Owner
July 14, 2011
The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking information Wednesday regarding a sea kayak found in the water in the vicinity Plymouth Harbor, Massachusetts. A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Cape Cod conducted a search of the area, but did not locate any mariners in distress after an unmanned and adrift sea kayak was recovered Tuesday around sunset in Plymouth Harbor on the western side of Plymouth Beach.
“We are asking for the public’s assistance to help us locate the owner—if they know who may own the kayak, if it belongs to them or if they know a kayaker who went out and hasn’t returned when expected to—just give us a call,” said Chief Petty Officer Lisa Machon, the watch supervisor at the Coast Guard Sector Boston Command Center.
The Plymouth harbormaster has taken possession of the sea kayak, which was in good condition and had a life jacket and oar on board when it was located.
The kayak is 15-foot, khaki/tan colored and has black seating. It does not have any other information that Coast Guard personnel can use to locate the owner.
“This case demonstrates the importance of mariners labeling their recreational boats with current contact information,” said Machon. “Even something as simple as using a marker to write a name and phone number would have helped us tremendously.”
Unlike larger recreational or commercial vessels which have hull registration numbers and a vessel name that allow for the owner to be identified, kayaks and other forms of paddle craft, characteristically do not have identifying features that allow for the owner to be contacted. As a result the Coast Guard spends hundreds of thousands of dollars each year engaged in search and rescue operations for cases where there was nobody in danger to begin with.
The Coast Guard is requesting anyone with information about the owner or the possible origin of the kayak to contact the Coast Guard at (617-223-5757).