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Module 07 - Emergency Preparedness

Collisions with Other Boats

If your boat has been involved in a collision, perform the following:

STEP 1:
Ensure that all passengers (guests) are accounted for and that everyone is wearing a life jacket or PFD.
STEP 2:
Determine if there are other boats in the area that may offer assistance, and that you are not in danger of being hit by another boat.
STEP 3:
Inspect the hull and equipment for any damage– check for rising or accumulating water in the hull.
STEP 4:
If necessary, signal your need for assistance using a recognized distress signal 

 

REPORTING A COLLISION

If you have been involved in a collision with another boat, you are required to:

  • Stop and identify yourself, your boat, your home port, and your destination to the other boat
  • Assist the crew of the other boat if it is safe to do so
  • File an accident report with the local authorities, if damage as a result of the accident exceeds $1,000, or if the seaworthiness of either boat has been compromised
  • Report the collision to the local law enforcement agency immediately, if serious injury or death has occurred

Failure to stop at the scene of a collision, and abide by any of the above reporting requirements is a criminal office. Any person who fails to stop their vessel at the scene of a collision will be subject to fines and/or imprisonment.

 

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