Coast Guard: Please Label Your Paddle Craft

Abandoned kayak found today off-Cape underscores need
The Coast Guard is urging all paddle craft owners to label their property (USCG photo)

From the US Coast Guard Northeast:

This unmanned, unlabeled kayak found this morning on a jetty at the mouth of the Merrimack River launched a search by air and sea for a possible person in distress. 

“Regardless of how the kayak ended up on the rocks, our crews will search as if someone is in trouble. We just don’t know if someone’s life is in danger or if the kayak was adrift or purposefully placed on the rocks. When paddle craft are labeled with the owner’s name and phone number we have a starting point to help determine if a situation like this is a search and rescue emergency.” - LCDR Jennifer Hertzler, Command Center Chief, Coast Guard Sector Boston.

The Coast Guard urges all paddle craft owners to label their kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards to reduce unnecessary search and rescue cases. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on