The Handbook of Tennessee Boating Laws and Responsibilities
The Official Boating Handbook of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - Web Version
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An operator involved in a boating accident must:
- Stop their vessel immediately at the scene of the accident and…
- Assist anyone injured in the accident, unless doing so would endanger his or her own vessel or passengers.
Every vessel operator involved in a reportable accident must notify the TWRA immediately. The operator also must file a written accident report form with TWRA.
The accident report form must be filed within 48 hours if:
- A person dies or disappears or…
- Someone is injured requiring medical treatment beyond first aid.
The accident report form must be filed within ten days if damage exceeds $2,000.
Accident report forms are available from any TWRA office or on the TWRA website at www.tn.gov/twra/.
Failure to report a boating accident is a criminal offense and may result in prosecution by TWRA.