Contents of Reports

The authorities. United States law requires that if your vessel is registered in the United States or the incident occurs in U.S. waters, you’re required to file a boating accident report with the U.S. Coast Guard, when you’re involved in an accident that results in loss of life, personal injury that requires medical treatment beyond first aid, damage exceeding $2000 or complete loss of the boat.

If there is a death, injury or disappearance of a person, the report must be filed within 48 hours. Otherwise, the report is due within 10 days. Pantaenius also requires a copy of this accident report to assist with the processing of your claim. The report should contain certain information. A list of information can be found on our website under “Contents of Reports for Recreational Vessels” 33 CFR Part 173.

§ 173.57
Contents of report.

Each report required by § 173.55 must be in writing, dated upon completion, and signed by the person who prepared it and must contain, if available, at least the following information about the casualty or accident:

(a) The numbers and names of each vessel involved.
(b) The name and address of each owner of each vessel involved.
(c) The name of the nearest city or town, the county, the State, and the body of water.
(d) The time and date the casualty or accident occurred.
(e) The location on the water.
(f) The visibility, weather, and water conditions.
(g) The estimated air and water temperatures.
(h) The name, address, age, or date of birth, telephone number, vessel operating experience, and boating safety training of the operator making the report.
(i) The name and address of each operator of each vessel involved.
(j) The number of persons on board or towed on skis by each vessel.
(k) The name, address, and date of birth of each person injured or killed.
(l) The cause of each death.
(m) Weather forecasts available to, and weather reports used by, the operator before and during the use of the vessel.
(n) The name and address of each owner of property involved.
(o) The availability and use of personal flotation devices.
(p) The type and amount of each fire extinguisher used.
(q) The nature and extent of each injury.
(r) A description of all property damage and vessel damage with an estimate of the cost of all repairs.
(s) A description of each equipment failure that caused or contributed to the cause of the casualty.
(t) A description of the vessel casualty or accident.
(u) The type of vessel operation (cruising, drifting, fishing, hunting, skiing, racing, or other), and the type of accident (capsizing, sinking, fire, or explosion or other).
(v) The opinion of the person making the report as to the cause of the casualty, including whether or not alcohol or drugs, or both, was a cause or contributed to causing the casualty.
(w) The make, model, type (open, cabin, house, or other), beam width at widest point, length, depth from transom to keel, horsepower, propulsion (outboard, inboard, inboard outdrive, sail, or other), fuel (gas, diesel, or other), construction (wood, steel, aluminum, plastic, fiberglass, or other), and year built (model year), of the reporting operator's vessel.
(x) The name, address, and telephone number of each witness.
(y) The manufacturer's hull identification number, if any, of the reporting operator's vessel.
(z) The name, address, and telephone number of the person submitting the report.

[CGD 72-54R, 37 FR 21399, Oct. 7, 1972, as amended by CGD 84-099, 52 FR 47533, Dec. 14, 1987; USCG-2003-15404, 68 FR 37742, June 25, 2003]

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