Rule 4. (1) The report required by section 53 of the act shall be made by the operator
of a vessel when, as a result of an occurrence that involves the vessel or its equipment,
any of the following occur:
(a) A person dies.
(b) A person loses consciousness or receives medical treatment or is disabled for
more than 24 hours.
(c) Damage to the vessel and other property damage totals $2,000.00 or more.
(d) A person disappears from the vessel under circumstances that indicate death
(2) A report required by section 53 of the act and this rule shall be made as follows:
(a) Within 48 hours of the occurrence if a person dies within 24 hours of the
(b) Within 48 hours of the occurrence if a person loses consciousness or receives
medical treatment or is disabled for more than 24 hours or disappears from a
(c) Within 5 days of the occurrence or death if an earlier report is not required by
(3) If the operator of a vessel cannot make the report required by section 53 of the act
and this rule, then the owner shall make the report.
History: 1979 AC; 2002 AACS.
R 281.1225 Collision, accident, or other casualty report.
Rule 5. Each report required by section 55 of the act shall be in writing dated
upon completion and signed by the peace officer who prepared it and shall contain, if
available, at least the following information about the collision, accident or other
(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 collision, accident, or other casualty 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 involved in the occurrence.
(i) The number of persons on board or towed on water skis, surfboard, or similar
contrivance by each vessel.
(j) The name, address, and date of birth of each person injured or killed, whether or
not artificial respiration was used, if a physician was in attendance and where the person
(k) The cause of each death.
(l) Weather forecasts available to, and weather reports used by, the operators of the
vessels involved before and during the use of the vessels.
(m) The name and address of each owner of property involved.
(n) The availability and use of personal flotation devices.