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What to do when reporting boating accidents

Boating can be fun, relaxing, or even exhilarating. However, careful attention to boat safety can ensure that this experience on the water isn’t the wrong kind of amusement. When a mishap occurs, it is important to understand the boating accident reporting process.

An “accident” has a broad definition and can include minor problems such as scraping a rock, a flat tire on a trailer tire, or an anchor prematurely departing. Much more damage should have been done for the official reporting of boating accidents. According to the Coast Guard, an issue that requires a boating accident report is “death, disappearance, or injury requiring medical treatment beyond first aid,” or over $ 2,000 in total property damage.

You must submit the official boating accident reporting form in your state in a timely manner. For example, if it’s an injury problem, you have 48 hours. If the incident exceeds the correct damage level, the window is 10 days.

Boat insurance statistics show that most serious accidents consist of striking something with your boat or falling overboard. In that case, you can call 911, but as a member of the Parker Volunteer Fire Department, Paul Murray shared, “It can take a while and phones don’t work well underwater.”

“The most common boating accident reports I know,” warned Paul, “are usually fine weather and people who fall overboard into the water or swim off the boat and are unable to return to or get back on the boat. I recently added a ladder to my boat so I can get back in and out of the water. Many people have the impression that they can get back into their boat without help as a ladder or the like. It is not easy. Especially in cold water. “

Basic water safety and rescue precautions are the best first options. Slow down, wear a life jacket, and be aware of potential boating hazards. Learn about other boat safety issues such as: For example, wearing non-slip shoes, installing extra handholds, and replacing docking lines to avoid having to report a boating accident. To find places to go boating, visit our Fishing and Boating Places.

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Andy Whitcomb

Andy is an outdoor writer (http://www.justkeepreeling.com/) and stressed out dad has contributed over 380 blogs to takemefishing.org since 2011. Born in Florida but raised on the banks of farm ponds in Oklahoma, he now hunts pike, small bass and steelhead in Pennsylvania. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from OSU, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fishery research technician at OSU, in the US state of Iowa and in the US state of Michigan.

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