Coast Guard Searches for Owner of Unmanned Kayak

An unmanned kayak without any owner contact information lies near Hodgkins Cove, MA. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

The Coast Guard searched for the owner of an unmanned kayak near Hodgkins Cove, Massachusetts, on Thursday, August 30, 2012.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Gloucester were notified of an unmanned kayak along the surf line in Hodgkins Cove at 8:00 a.m. Thursday.

With no means to identify the the kayak’s owner and no new information yielded by combined search efforts, the Coast Guard suspended the search at 11:00 a.m.

“These situations are very frustrating,” said Lt. Casey Goranson, command duty officer at Coast Guard Sector Boston. “Our goal is to verify the safety of the last operator and return the property to the owner, but we just don’t have enough to go on of to make that happen.”

The Coast Guard also reminded boaters that cases involving unmanned and unmarked small vessels result in searches that commit numerous Coast Guard assets and personnel to significant efforts to verify the safety of the occupants.

Placing contact information on kayaks, dinghies, and other small vessels enables the Coast Guard to expeditiously verify owner safety and ensure the return of the vessel if it is found unmanned at sea. Paddle smart stickers may be obtained through local Coast Guard Auxiliary flotillas.

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