Reporting Lost Items or Found Flotsam & Jetsam

The intent for this page is to report things lost or found at sea that could help find the owner, and/or assist Coast Guard agencies, friends and families, and possibly aid with missing or overdue boating situations.

Debris at sea from a possible sinking boat or airplane can provide very important clues. Debris at sea can also be a hazard to boaters. By reporting objects you have lost or find at sea, you can be part of a network of boaters helping boaters.

Keep your eyes open for objects at sea. No matter how small or insignificant you may think it is, it could be a missing clue or a vital piece of evidence. 

Report them using our easy form. Provide photographs and descriptions of barnacles or algae (which give clues as to how long an object has been in the water). Your information is greatly appreciated!

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Do you have a story or news articles about finding flotsam and jetsam, or losing things at sea? Please send it to one of the email addresses below.

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Boatwatch.org example of flotsam, broken surfboardFlotsam & Jetsam defined

In maritime lingo, flotsam is wreckage or cargo that remains afloat after a ship has sunk, and jetsam is cargo or equipment thrown overboard from a ship in distress. The precise meanings are lost in the common phrase flotsam and jetsam, which describes useless or discarded objects. The phrase is sometimes used to describe items floating or washed ashore, but it has also been extended into metaphorical use for any accumulation of odds and ends.

Current Reports of Flotsam & Jetsam

Toy boat Washes Onto Shores Of Lake Superior 27 Years After Launch

Toy boat Washes Onto Shores Of Lake Superior 27 Years After Launch

by Miriam Marini Detroit Free Press While searching for rocks on the shores of Lake Superior in their Wisconsin lakeside hometown, Mike and Lynn BeBeau found something red, white and blue peeking through the sand. At first, the couple figured it was a piece of a buoy. However, upon further inspection, they discovered it was a wooden toy boat with its paint peeling and faded and deliberate...

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Lost Dinghy On Passage Tampa, FL to Panama City, FL

Lost Dinghy On Passage Tampa, FL to Panama City, FL

  LOST tender/dinghy in route (sailing) from Tampa, FL to Panama City, FL, Friday Sept. 11th, about 90 miles out. The dinghy is grey with a steering station and seat. It is 10 feet with a Honda 40 HP. Please contact Eddie@boatwatch.org or the owner at 21stCenturyMetals@gmail.com.

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Derelict Liferaft Found in Atlantic

Derelict Liferaft Found in Atlantic

  BROADCAST VERSION FOR MARITIME MOBILE SERVICE NETWORK AND OTHER RADIO NETS A Derelict Liferaft has been found in position: 60-31.1N  054-31.5W. No further information or photographs are available at this time. Anyone locating this liferaft is asked if possible to photograph and make observations. Report any sightings to Eddie@boatwatch.org and File a Report on our website. End of...

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Life Raft Found South Coast of Sardinia, Italy- Owner Found

Life Raft Found South Coast of Sardinia, Italy- Owner Found

UPDATE: 10:40 AM Eastern - From MRCC Bremen - The owner confirms, that he resign the ownership of the raft. Tim Dyton can keep the raft as a souvenir or for training purpose. Please, handle the container with care when opening. UPDATE: 10:25 AM Eastern - MRCC Bremen just received information, that the German sailing vessel LIBRA reached the port of Cogolin/France. The owner confirmed, that the...

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Report Lost Items or Flotsam & Jetsam Observation Here

Flotsam and Jetsam
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Please give a detailed description of items or debris found, observed or items lost. Include description, name, manufacturer, serial number, or other details.

Hazardous to navigation? *
Are there barnacles or other conditions which indicate length of time at sea? *
Have you reported this information to authorities? *