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Accident Reporting

The first step in producing relevant and effective boating safety programs is gathering and analyzing the information provided by boat accident reports.

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Boating Accident Reporting Requirements

The operator (owner, if the operator is unable to) of a boat used for non-commercial purposes or registered by the State Alaska Department of Motor Vehicles, is required to submit a report in writing whenever an accident results in: loss of life or disappearance from a vessel; an injury which requires medical treatment beyond first aid; property damage in excess of $500; or complete loss of the vessel. Federal law requires that in death, disappearance, and injury cases, reports must be submitted within 48 hours and in other cases within 10 days. Submit completed reports to:

State of Alaska, Office of Boating Safety
550 W. 7th Ave., Suite 1380
Anchorage, AK 99501

or fax to: (907) 269-8907

or e-mail to:

The electronic forms below are provided to assist the operator in filing the required written report. The first can be filled out on-line and submitted directly to the office of boating safety. The second form can be printed, filled out and mailed or faxed to the Office of Boating Safety. If you need further assistance, please contact the Office of Boating Safety at (907) 269-8704.

Note: you must have Acrobat Reader 3.0 or greater to open a pdf file. Go to the Adobe Acrobat website to download this free software.

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Boating Accident Report Form

-   In the last 10 years, 105 more Alaskans died in recreational boating accidents than died in commercial fishing.   -  9 of 10 were not wearing a life jacket, or were never found   -  5 of 6 experience a capsize or fall overboard into Alaska's cold water   -  3 of 4 involve powerboats   -  Half are in salt water, half in fresh water   -  9 of 10 involve boats under 26 feet in length  - 5 of 6 fatalities are swamping, capsizing and falling overboard