Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Tip of the Week for July 18, 2015 – Boating Crashes
The duties of a boat operator and passenger involved in a boating crash are not much different from the duties of an operator or passenger involved in a motor vehicle crash, but there are a few differences. An operator of a boat involved in a boating crash must stop their vessel immediately at the scene of the incident and:
• Give assistance to anyone injured in the crash
• Give their name, address, and identifying number of their vessel as well as the names and addresses of passengers to the other vessel’s operator and/or passengers
Witnesses to a boating crash must give their names and addresses to the operator, passengers, or injured person.
The operator or owner of a vessel involved in a crash must file a written report to the Oregon State Marine Board if:
• A person dies, disappears, or is injured and receives medical treatment.
• Damage to the vessel and other property exceeds $2,000.00.
Reports of crashes involving only property damage must be made within 10 days of the incident. However, you must file an accident report within 48 hours in cases involving a death, disappearance or injury.
Passengers are responsible for reporting the crash if the operator is physically incapable of doing so.
People failing to comply with these requirements can be cited and even arrested with fines reaching $6,250 and imprisonment of up to one year in jail.
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