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

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

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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? *