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The operator of a vessel involved in an accident must submit a written report to the DPS-Marine Patrol Division if as a result of the accident:

  • A person dies or disappears or...
  • A person is injured and remains incapacitated for more than 72 hours or...
  • Damage to the vessel and other property exceeds $2,000.

Reports of accidents must be made within 10 days of the accident on the forms provided by Marine Patrol troopers, the DPS-Marine Patrol Division, or county sheriff's offices.

A uniformed Marine Patrol trooper, county sheriff, or other authorized enforcement officer may arrest, at the scene of the accident, any person they reasonably believe contributed to the accident.

A person who unlawfully and unintentionally causes the death of another person, while engaged in violation of any boating law or regulation, will be guilty of homicide.

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