Unmanned, Adrift Paddle Craft Launches Extensive Search

Vessel bore no identifying stickers or contact information...
Is this your boat? If so the authorities would like to hear from you. (WDNR photo)

From Wareham Department of Natural Resources:

On Tuesday morning WDNR along with various other agencies of the Buzzards Bay Task Force responded to an unmanned and adrift paddle boat in the area of Butlers Point near Bird Island in the neighboring Town of Marion. An extensive search for possible person(s) in the water was conducted and later concluded pending further information.

The vessel did not have any identifying marks or owner information and the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England as well as the Marion Harbormaster are trying to identify an owner.

Just a friendly reminder for individuals that leave small vessels such as this, kayaks, canoes, dinghys or tenders along a shoreline to put identifying information in the vessel if it is not registered!!! As first responders on the waterfront we have an obligation to respond to such calls which can be very time consuming, searches are very expensive and it ties up many resources. The few minutes it would of taken to mark this vessel would have potentially eliminated the two hour long search that was conducted by nine surrounding agencies....

The owner is urged to contact the:

USCG 
508-457-3211

Or

Marion Harbormaster 508-748-3535


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