Coast Guard: Put identification on paddle crafts

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NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — The Coast Guard wants to remind the public to always label their paddle craft with identification and contact information in case of an emergency.

Local Coast Guard members spent Thursday morning searching for a possible person in the water after an unmanned and adrift kayak was reported off the coast of North Kingstown. There was no contact information on board the kayak.

Officials recommend using a sticker, label, or even just writing with a sharpie on the paddle craft ‘if found’ information with a name and a contact number. “This allows the Coast Guard to locate an owner and determine whether a person is in real trouble or if their gear is simply adrift,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Cody Seevers, an operations specialist in Sector Southeastern New England’s command center.

“When there is a boat on the water with no person aboard, the Coast Guard will always search as if someone is in distress,” added Seevers.

The Coast Guard credits the initial call about the yellow kayak to a good Samaritan at about 9 a.m.  The Coast Guard Station Castle Hill then launched a 40-foot response boat crew to search the area from Quonset Point to Jamestown Bridge for a possible person, stated the new release.

Six units from the Narragansett Bay Marine Task Force also helped with the search.

According to the news release, the search for someone in connection to the yellow kayak has been called off due to lack of information. If you have any information about the kayak’s owner, please call the Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England at (508) 457-3211.

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