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It's the Law

Boating Accidents


An operator 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.

In addition, the operator of a vessel involved in a boating accident must call the SCDNR immediately at 1-800-922-5431.