Boating Accidents and Casualties...What the Law Requires You to Do
An operator involved in a boating accident must:
- Stop his or her vessel immediately at the scene of the accident and...
- Assist anyone injured or in danger from the accident, unless doing so would seriously endanger his or her own vessel or passengers and...
- Give, in writing, his or her name, address, and vessel identification to anyone injured and to the owner of any property damaged by the accident.
It is illegal for a boat operator involved in an accident to leave the scene of the accident without assisting those who were injured in the accident.
You cannot be held liable for any civil damages for any assistance rendered in good faith and in a prudent manner.
The operator 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.