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.
If the accident results in the death or disappearance of a person, the following actions must be taken.
- The vessel operator must make immediate notification to the NCWRC by the quickest means possible (you may call 1-800-662-7137). The notification should consist of:
- Date, time, and exact location of the accident
- Name(s) of each person who died or disappeared in the accident
- Number and name of the vessel
- Names and addresses of the vessel owner and operator
- If the operator of the vessel is unable to make immediate notification, each person on board must notify the NCWRC unless he or she is certain that the notice has already been given.