Update: Coast Guard identifies kayak owner safe and sound

Update | 2:08 p.m.

The Coast Guard spotted this inflatable floating unattended in Gastineau Channel on Oct. 4, 2017. It prompted concern that someone may be missing, though the owner was later identified safe and sound.

The Coast Guard spotted this inflatable floating unattended in Gastineau Channel on Wednesday. It prompted concern that someone may be missing, though the owner was later identified safe and sound. (Photo courtesy Coast Guard Station Juneau)

The Coast Guard says it has confirmed that no one is missing associated with the stray inflatable spotted floating down Gastineau Channel unattended earlier today.

Ensign Alexander Henry says the owner was identified via Facebook from a post in the Juneau Community Collective group.

Original story | 12:27 p.m.

As of noon today, the Coast Guard has eyes on a stray kayak floating in Gastineau Channel north of the Douglas Bridge.

It’s yellow and 10 to 12 feet long. The Coast Guard is working on recovering the kayak and will distribute a photo.

Ensign Alexander Henry said it may be a sign that someone is missing – or it could just be a lost kayak.

Anyone with more information should contact the Coast Guard at 463-2980.

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