CLEARWATER — U.S. Coast Guard officials are trying to determine if they have a missing person case on their hands after a kayak was found abandoned at the Clearwater Harbor Marina on Wednesday morning.
The Coast Guard received a call around 7:45 a.m. from a marina employee who reported an unoccupied kayak was adrift in the water near the marina.
The one-person kayak is red, 8 feet long and has multiple decals, including one that says "Mountain of Big Canoe," which is a gated community in northern Georgia.
Coast Guard spokeswoman Petty Officer Tara Molle said authorities checked in with local law enforcement agencies and found there were no active search-and rescue missions underway and no reports of missing persons.
Molle said officials are hopeful someone simply lost the kayak.
Authorities ask anyone with information about the kayak or it's owner to call Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg at (727) 824-7506.
To view photos of the kayak, including the decals, go to the website at www.d7publicaffairs.com/go/doc/586/468067/.