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.