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.