Operation Paddle Smart

When the Coast Guard or local emergency responders receive a report or discovers a paddle craft adrift, there is no way to determine if the vessel was washed off of a beach during high tide or was separated from its owner during the course of a boating accident. In these situations, the Coast Guard has to assume the owner is in trouble and needs assistance until it can find evidence to support otherwise. As a result the Coast Guard and local Harbormasters spend hundreds of thousands of tax dollars per year searching for potential people in distress when there was no one in danger to begin with. To combat this growing problem, the Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary have launched Operation

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