Federal law requires the operator – or owner, if the operator is deceased or unable to make the report – to file a boating accident report with the State reporting authority when, as a result of an occurrence that involves a boat or its equipment:
You can help the Coast Guard and its boating safety partners to save lives by understanding and complying with this requirement.
Download an accident reporting form here - PDF
Download an online fillable accident reporting form here - PDF
Most states and territories accept this form. If you have an accident, file the form within 48 hours for a fatal accident or within 10 days for a non-fatal reportable accident with your state or territorial Boating Law Administrator.
All information on this page provided courtesy of the United States Coast Guard.