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It's the Law

Boating Accidents

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

Failure to report a boating accident is a criminal offense and may result in prosecution by TWRA.