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!

Send Us Your Stories

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

SV Rebecca Souimanga Adrift And Desmasted

SV Rebecca Souimanga Adrift And Desmasted

UPDATE: January 22, 2021: The owner of this sailing vessel advises that the cargo ship that rescued him was the Harvest Frost. The sailor expresses his gratitude to the ship and all involved in the rescue. The SV is a Belgium flagged boat. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ UPDATE January 22, 2021: Thank you to...

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Unmanned Six Meter Blue Fishing Boat Spotted Adrift Canary Islands

Unmanned Six Meter Blue Fishing Boat Spotted Adrift Canary Islands

1519 hrs UTC 23 DEC 2020 A vessel on a transatlantic passage spotted an unoccupied wooden fishing boat, approximately 6 meters in length, blue in color, black paint on inside of boat, in position: 24 62 21 N / 024 50 236 W. Anyone with information regarding this vessel please contact Glenn@Boatwatch.org. This information will be passed onto Search & Rescue authorities in the Canary Islands....

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Scottish Kids Need Help With Their Toy Boat Off Honduras

Scottish Kids Need Help With Their Toy Boat Off Honduras

Hello! Do you know anyone that lives in or near Barra Patuca? Please can you help us? Our names are Ollie (11 years old) and Harry (8 years old) and we live in Scotland. Our little toy boat has sailed all the way from the coast of Guyana and is now just a few miles off the coast of Honduras near the town of Barra Patuca. We expect she will come ashore very near the town. This little boat has...

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USCG Looking For Owner Of Unmanned and Adrift Kayak

USCG Looking For Owner Of Unmanned and Adrift Kayak

  UPDATE: November 29, 2020 USCG Key West advised that the owner of this Kayak has not been found. The case is closed in Key West.   US Coast Guard Sector Key West crews are looking for the owner of an unmanned and adrift kayak near south Everglades City. If you have any information on who the Kayak belongs to, please contact Sector Key West Command Center at 305-292-8727.  ...

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UPDATE: URGENT BOLO: Search For Missing Diver Off Trinidad – Reinaldo Novoa

UPDATE: URGENT BOLO: Search For Missing Diver Off Trinidad – Reinaldo Novoa

UPDATE: Nov. 17, 2020                      *URGENT HELP NEEDED* Reinaldo Novoa, Retired Nurse and pharmacy representative, father to two boys, married to Jasema Mungalsingh, grandfather to 7 grandchildren,*went missing off the coast of Mayaro while doing an open dive, at 3:45pm yesterday. He is a strong swimmer and diving instructor and did have two buoyancy devices. Last GPS coordinates 1027711...

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Liferaft Found Offshore of Buxton, North Carolina

Liferaft Found Offshore of Buxton, North Carolina

BUXTON, N.C. — The Coast Guard is searching for a possible missing people in the water approximately one mile offshore of Buxton, Thursday. Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders received a relayed report from crewmembers at Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet regarding a good Samaritan who reported an adrift orange life raft one mile offshore. Sector North Carolina watchstanders issued...

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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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Aircraft debris found in Eastern Samar Philippines

Aircraft debris found in Eastern Samar Philippines

By: Morexette Marie B. Erram - Multimedia Reporter - CDN Digital|August 06,2020 - 03:35 PM Debris believed to have come from a commercial airplane were washed ashore at the Anuron Beach in Mercedes town in Eastern Samar on August 5, 2020. Netizen Juvimar Lira said in a Facebook post that authorities visited the area this Thursday, August 6, to secure and inspect the debris. | Contributed Photo...

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MV Tothill Finds 16′ Catamaran at Sea

MV Tothill Finds 16′ Catamaran at Sea

In 2010, we were on a passage from Isla Mujares, Mexico to Key West, Florida, when we spotted something orange ahead. At first our hearts pounded at the thought of a life raft. With binoculars we confirmed it was an overturned 16’ Hobie Catamaran with no one aboard. In a couple hours it would be dark and a hazard to navigation. This is our photo of the catamaran. We first reported the find on...

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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? *