Hawaii’s Boat Accident Reporting Requirements

An operator involved in a boating accident is required to:

  • Stop their boat at the scene of the accident.
  • Assist any person in distress, or who has been injured, so long as they are able to do so without risking the safety of their passengers or of themselves.
  • Provide their name, address and boat information in writing, to any person who was injured and to the owner of any property that was damaged as a result of the accident.
  • If the operator has collided with or damaged an unattended boat, they must securely attach a written notice in a visible place to the other boat. This written notice must provide:
    • The boat operator’s name.
    • The boat operator’s address.
    • Boat identification information.

Reporting Boat Accidents

Boat operators who are involved in a boating accident, or the owner of a boat involved in an accident, are required to notify a police office, a harbor official or the nearest police station and provide the following information if a person dies, or if there are injuries that require treatment beyond first aid:

  • The date, time and location of the accident.
  • The name of each person who was killed.
  • The number and name of the boat.
  • The names and addresses of the owner(s) and operator(s).

Submitting Boat Accident Report Forms

Boat operators are required to submit a written accident report to the HDLNR within 48 hours, if any of the following occur:

  • A person is killed or disappears from the boat.
  • A person is injured and requires medical treatment beyond first aid.
  • Property damage has occurred totaling more than $200.

All other boating accidents must be reported within 7 days of the occurrence.

Hawaii’s Boat Accident Report Form: