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PA Boating Handbook
CHAPTER 5 - SAFETY & RESCUE
Boating Accidents
Each operator of a boat involved in a boating accident must stop, render assistance and offer identification. If the accident results in a death or disappearance, the Fish & Boat Commission must be notified immediately, followed by a written boating accident report within 48 hours. If the accident results in an injury that requires treatment beyond first aid, a written boating accident report must be submitted within 48 hours. If the accident results in damage to the vessel or other property exceeding $2,000, or if there is a complete loss of the vessel, a written boating accident report must be submitted within 10 days. All reports are confidential and for the use of the Commission for boating safety purposes only. Boating Accident Report Forms (PFBC 260) are available on the Commission’s website. Reports must be sent to:

PA Fish & Boat Commission
Bureau of Boating & Outreach
P.O. Box 67000
Harrisburg, PA 17106-7000.

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