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Vessel operators involved in an accident must report it.

  • The operator or owner of a vessel involved in an accident must notify a harbor official, police officer, or the nearest police station as soon as possible if a person dies, disappears, or has injuries requiring medical treatment beyond first aid.
  • The operator or owner of the vessel also must file a written accident report within 48 hours with the Hawaii DLNR if:
    • A person dies or disappears from the vessel under circumstances that indicate death or injury or…
    • A person is injured and requires medical treatment beyond first aid or…
    • Damage to the vessel(s) or other property exceeds $2,000.
  • All other boating accidents must be reported in writing within seven days.
  • A boating accident report form (CG 3865) is available from the Hawaii DLNR website.
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