20.0331 Duties of persons involved in accidents.

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(a) It is the duty of the operator of a vessel involved in a collision, accident, or other casualty, so far as he can do so without serious danger to his own vessel, crew and passengers (if any), to render to other persons affected by the collision, accident, or other casualty such assistance as may be practicable and as may be necessary in order to save them from or minimize any danger caused by the collision, accident or other casualty, and also to give his name, address, and identification of his-vessel in writing to any person injured and to the owner of any property damaged in the collision, accident, or other casualty.

(b) If the collision, accident, or other casualty results in death or injury to a person or damage to property in excess of $100, the operators of the vessels involved shall file with the Department of Public Safety a complete report of the collision, accident, or other casualty on forms approved by the Department of Public Safety. Such report shall be submitted within 48 hours after the occurrence. Where a person dies or is lost at sea or where a person is injured that requires medical treatment beyond first aid, the report shall be filed within 24 hours of the occurrence.

(c) When, as a result of an occurrence that involves a vessel, the operator or any person on board the vessel shall, without delay, by the quickest means available notify the Department of Public Safety, marine enforcement division of the following:

(1) the date, time, and exact location of the occurrence;

(2) the name of each person who died or disappeared;

(3) the number of and name of the vessel; and

(4) the names and addresses of the owner and operator.

History: 1966, PL 9-35; amd 1993, PL 23-9.