Boating Basics Online - Basic Boating Safety Course
Chapter 8 - Accidents

Boating Accident Reports

Federal law states that if you are involved in a boating accident that includes injury requiring medical treatment, death, disappearance of a person, or property damage of at least $2000, you are required to file an accident report with the responsible local law enforcement agency. Additionally, you are required to file an accident report with the state boating authority.

If you are involved in an accident:

Many states have different reportable amounts - check your state-specific information. If in doubt, report the accident.

Boating accidents include; capsizing, crew overboard, collisions, fire, sinking & flooding, explosions and disappearance.

Failure to provide assistance or identify yourself when involved in an accident is a serious offense and can carry a severe fine or even imprisonment.

A sample of an accident report can be seen here.

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