Collision Regulations state that every vessel shall take all measures necessary to determine if risk of collision exists, and shall take all measures necessary to avoid a collision.
When there is a risk of collision, operators of both vessels are required to take whatever action is required to avoid contact, however if a collision is unavoidable you should reduce damage to ‘sensitive’ areas of both vessels.
Note: Every vessel should navigate at a speed that allows proper and effective action to avoid a collision.
If you are involved in a boating accident you need to know what actions are required by law:
- Stop your vessel;
- Immediately ensure that everyone is accounted for and check for injuries.
- Ensure that everyone is wearing a PFD or a lifejacket;
- Identify yourself and your boat, exchange ID/contact details if required;
- Provide assistance, if possible and warranted;
- Keep a record of pertinent information with dates, time, and conditions;
- Transmit distress call (i.e. VHF radio call or cellular phone) and/or visual signal if necessary; and
- File an accident report with the local law enforcement authority.