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

BOLO for 22′ Center Console Runabout from Stock Island, Key West, Florida

BOLO for 22' Center Console runabout from Stock Island, Key West. A 22' blue hull runabout with a Yamaha 40 outboard broke free from it's painter and is believed to be drifting South toward Cuba. The vessel has Florida registration number FL 7458 HK. Please report any sighting to the US Coast Guard in Key West, Florida at phone number 305-292-8713 or VHF radio channel 16 and Boatwatch.org...

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Dinghy Found Playalinda Beach Titusville Florida

Dinghy Found Playalinda Beach Titusville Florida

UPDATE: November 25, 2021 5:00 PM Boat Watch has determined that the dinghy belongs to the vessel SV Miller's High Life.  Boat Watch has communicated with the owner and put him in contact with the finder of the dinghy. The boat was on passage in rough seas from Charleston to Cape Canaveral, Florida.On November 25, 2021, a grey dinghy was found on Playalinda Beach Titusville Florida. The dinghy...

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BOLO For Missing Buoy Eastern Caribbean Nevis Montseratt

BOLO For Missing Buoy Eastern Caribbean Nevis Montseratt

BOLO For A Buoy The missing object is a Red Starboard Channel Marker used in the Little Bay Channel approach in Montserrat. It has a red flashing light mounted at the top and is about 6-8ft in height. Notice From Port Authority I will formally introduce myself as Mr. Dillon Weekes, the Marine/Safety Officer at the Montserrat Port Authority. Unfortunately, one of our Starboard Lateral Markers...

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MV Sheananigans Adrift Potomac River

MV Sheananigans Adrift Potomac River

On 10/2/21, a 21 foot Bayliner, named Sheananigans, floated away from a dock located at the mouth of Breton Bay & Potomac River. It was last seen floating West up the Potomac River. The Potomac was experiencing extreme coastal flooding with 4-6 foot waves. Report any sightings to USCG, St.Inigoes Maryland.  

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BOLO from SV AZORA Adrift north of Clearwater, Florida

BOLO from SV AZORA Adrift north of Clearwater, Florida

Non Emergency Bolo for Adrift SV AZORA off Clearwater, Florida SV AZORA is a 42 foot Tartan sloop, dark blue hull with a beige Bimini with a Cortez, Fl hailing port. The last known position on 10/17/21 was 28 43.67N and 083 11.72W, just north of Clearwater, FL, and off the coast 26NM in the area of Homasassa/Crystal River, FL. There were no persons on board the vessel. Report any sightings or...

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Caribe Dinghy Found Pacific Entrance to Panama Canal

Caribe Dinghy Found Pacific Entrance to Panama Canal

This is not a photo of the Dinghy found but is a similar dinghy.Boat watch received a Flotsam and Jetsam report of a 9 foot Caribe Dinghy observed on 6/24/2021, near Farfan, Republic of Panama, around the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal at position Latitude 8.5380 and Longitude 80.7821. The dinghy was mostly buried in sand and rocks, with no engine. The serial nuber was L9063J213. The...

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Lost Dinghy & Engine Two Harbors, Catalina Island, California

Lost Dinghy & Engine Two Harbors, Catalina Island, California

Lost Dinghy & Engine Two Harbors, Catalina Island, California On 6/21/2021 a sailboat at Catalina Island lost their 9 foot Avon inflatable hard bottom dinghy and a Honda 4 stroke engine with silver cover, one yellow bench seat inside along with tow blue and white paddles and a child's blue/yellow life vest. It was lost at 33.44N and 118.49W. The dinghy was lost the night of 6/21/2021 in Two...

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Abandoned Hugo Boss yacht found in Patagonia after 10 years

Abandoned Hugo Boss yacht found in Patagonia after 10 years

  24 FEBRUARY 2016 BY SIMON HARDIE Explorers Cristian Donoso and Roger Rovira Rius have stumbled across Alex Thomson’s first IMOCA 60 racing yacht, Hugo Boss, during a kayaking expedition in the Bernardo O’Higgins National Park, Chile. The 18 metre monohull racing yacht was abandoned by Thomson in the Southern Ocean in 2006 and has travelled more than 10,000 nautical miles over the last 10...

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Catamaran “Breezer” Found At Mouth of Ipswich River, Boston MA

Catamaran “Breezer” Found At Mouth of Ipswich River, Boston MA

The Catamaran “Breezer” has been found in the marsh at the mouth of the Ipswich River. The catamaran has a California Registration of CF7715GT and is approximately 20 feet long with white pontoons. The kayaker who found the boat stated that although is weathered there is no growth. There is a canvas platform between the two pontoons. No mast or sails were visible. Report additional information...

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Unmanned Yola Adrift 310 Nautical Miles Off Puerto Rico

Unmanned Yola Adrift 310 Nautical Miles Off Puerto Rico

An unmanned and adrift yoga type vessel was observed 310 nautical miles off Puerto Rico. The vessel named "AOMEMA" has a white hull, 01 outboard engine and is numbered 12211851. Water was reported inside the hull as well as algie and barnicals. Grappling hook inside with line attached to hull. There was excessive marine growth on engine including mussels. It appeared that the engine had not been...

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Man Overboard Device Found In Bahamas

Man Overboard Device Found In Bahamas

This Post was made on our Facebook Group Boat Watch Flotsam & Jetsam. EDIT - mystery solved “Commercial Vessel Man overboard smoke buoy. Usually fixed on both bridge wings. When a man overboard is declared the buoy is released and should stay in the area relative to the man overboard, allowing the ship to turn 180° and return to the position” Also debris from "El Faro" has washed ashore in...

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Fishing Vessel Adrift Off Dominica

Fishing Vessel Adrift Off Dominica

Update February 23, 2021 SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Coast Guard air and surface units assisted a distressed sailing vessel Monday that was taking on water with eight people onboard in the Caribbean Sea, approximately 80 nautical miles south of Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico.The Zoma, a 46-foot Danish flagged sailing vessel, and all its passengers, five Danish and three French nationals, including two...

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SV Barnacle Adrift, 3 Rescued by Cargo Ship, Mexico, Cuba

SV Barnacle Adrift, 3 Rescued by Cargo Ship, Mexico, Cuba

Update February 23, 2021 SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Coast Guard air and surface units assisted a distressed sailing vessel Monday that was taking on water with eight people onboard in the Caribbean Sea, approximately 80 nautical miles south of Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico.The Zoma, a 46-foot Danish flagged sailing vessel, and all its passengers, five Danish and three French nationals, including two...

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Vessel Adrift Off Montserrat Is Found In Mexico

Vessel Adrift Off Montserrat Is Found In Mexico

Update: March 4, 2021- The abandoned and adrift vessel named the Alliouagana Princess has been found in Mexico. The vessel broke free from her mooring in the early morning of 25 Jan 2019 on the island of Montserrat. The following photos and information are from the Port Official in Mexico: GOOD AFTERNOON I AM THE CAPTAIN OF THE PORT OF MAHAHUAL MARCELO ZENEN HERRERA PACHECO THE VESSEL...

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Boston Whaler Found British Virgin Islands

Boston Whaler Found British Virgin Islands

This Boston Whaler was found adrift February 28, 2021, between Tortola Island and Peter Island, BVI with no one on board.Comments: RBVI Marine Police have reportedly taken possession of the vessel on Sunday, February 28, 2021.If the big numbers on the hull are unreadable, they also repeat in the yellow section of the sticker (non Florida residents might not know this).

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BOLO for Lost Caribe L8 Dinghy St. Maarten, Eastern Caribbean

BOLO for Lost Caribe L8 Dinghy St. Maarten, Eastern Caribbean

SV Panta Rhei III reported the following: "We were cruising around St. Maarten in the Netherlands Antilles, on the westward side of the island just before the Anguilla Channel, headed N / NE. We lost it while under sail on 2/22/21 at Lat 18.085444 and Longitude 63.160559.    Anyone with information should contact SV Panta Rhei III, a Bavaria Caribic 390 monohull sloop registered in...

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Scottish Kids Need Help With Tracking Their Pirate Ship

Scottish Kids Need Help With Tracking Their Pirate Ship

 UPDATE: February 22, 2021 Boatwatch.org has been asked to assist in a most interesting and worthwhile project involving two young Scottish lads and their adventurous spirit. A toy pirate ship, named Adventure, launched by two young brothers from Aberdeenshire, Scotland, has previously sailed the high seas to Scandinavia and onwards to Barbados before being lost at sea. A new toy ship, Adventure...

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Kayak Found in ICW Masonboro Island, North Carolina

Kayak Found in ICW Masonboro Island, North Carolina

  WILMINGTON, N.C. – The Coast Guard is seeking the public’s help identifying the owner of a kayak found on the south end of Masonboro Island, Tuesday. Anyone with information helping to identify the owner of the kayak is requested to contact Coast Guard Sector North Carolina at 910-343-3880. There are no reports of missing persons or overdue boaters in the area. At 1 p.m., watchstanders at...

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180 foot Cargo Ship MV Tropic Scout II Now On Reef In Bahamas

180 foot Cargo Ship MV Tropic Scout II Now On Reef In Bahamas

These are some interesting articles regarding the rescues of the crew on the 180 foot cargo ship MV Tropic Scout II that capsized off the Turks and Caicos. The USCG searched for the missing man but sadly he was lost at sea. https://www.newbernsj.com/.../athens-man-crew.../6735659002/ and another article of the rescues https://suntci.com/cargo-boat-from-dominican-republic... ___________________...

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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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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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