Boating Incident Reporting

Report an Incident

An operator involved in a boating crash, collision or other casualty must stop his or her vessel immediately at the scene of the incident. The operator must also render assistance to injured persons or attempt to minimize any danger caused by the incident unless doing so would create serious danger to his own vessel, crew, and passengers.

The operator must give his or her name, address, and the identifying number of his or her vessel in writing to anyone injured from the incident and to the owner of any damaged property.

The operator of a vessel involved in a collision, crash, or other casualty involving a recreational vessel and resulting in death or injury to a person, disappearance of a person from a vessel, property damage in excess of $500, or complete loss of a vessel must give notice of the incident immediately, by the most prompt means of communication, to LDWF's Law Enforcement Division, the nearest law enforcement agency, or to state police. Call 800-442-2511 to report an incident to LDWF.

The driver of any vessel involved in a collision, crash, or other casualty as described previously must forward an LDWF-approved incident report form to LDWF, within five days of the incident.

Reports must be submitted to LDWF, Boating Safety and Waterway Enforcement, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000.

Reports in other cases must be submitted within 5 days.

Obtain a Copy of an Incident Report

Copies of boat incident reports may be obtained by sending a request in writing to LDWF, Boating Safety and Waterway Enforcement, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000. Your request must include the following information:

  1. Name and address of operator/owner
  2. Registration number of vessel
  3. Date of incident
  4. Location of incident

For a copy of a boating incident report, send a $7.50 check or money order.

For copies of photos of the incident, please include an additional $10.00 in the check or money order.