NEW YORK (AP) --
The Coast Guard is asking people to label their kayaks, canoes and stand-up
paddleboards with their names and phone numbers.
Searches for people
in distress are triggered when abandoned paddlecraft are found floating in
the water. Sometimes, it turns out they were not properly stored.
The Coast Guard
said its units in New York City’s tri-state area have responded to more than
20 cases of adrift paddlecraft this year.
If there’s a name
and number visible, searchers can quickly reach out to owners to find out if
there’s an emergency.