Boating Accidents

Report an Accident

To report a boating accident, call:

  • (800) 792-1112
  • (512) 389-4848 (24-hour dispatch)

Accidents and Casualties

Operators of any vessel must report accidents and casualties to a local law enforcement agency or to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department within 30 days of the occurrence (48 hours if a fatality occurs) if the collision, accident or casualty resulted in:

  • death (or missing person); or
  • injury (requiring treatment beyond first aid) to any person; or
  • property damage exceeding $2,000.

Stop and Render Aid

The operator of any vessel involved in a boating accident must stop and render whatever assistance is necessary unless such action would endanger his/her own vessel, crew or passengers. The operator must give his/her name, address and vessel identification number in writing to any injured person and to the owner of any damaged property. Failure to do so in an accident that results in death or serious bodily injury is a Parks and Wildlife Code felony. Failure to do so in an accident that does not result in death or serious bodily injury is a Parks and Wildlife Class A misdemeanor.