(Provides a common training ground for Federal and State law enforcement
personnel, and fosters a close working relationship among the various agencies
involved with the enforcement of boating and related laws.)
Boating Casualty/Accident Reports and Investigative Reports.
The State agrees to investigate all recreational boating fatalities. The Coast Guard
may investigate accidents involving fatalities on vessels used on waters of joint or
federal jurisdiction, including the high seas if, in the sole discretion of the Coast
Guard, the case warrants further investigation.
For the purposes of this agreement, a boating casualty or accident is defined as an
incident involving a fatality, a disappearance, a personal injury that requires medical
treatment beyond first aid, damage to a vessel and other property totaling more than
0, or the total loss of a vessel.
The State shall review all accident reports for accuracy and completeness and shall
determine the cause and circumstances surrounding each reportable accident,
including whether or not alcohol or drugs were a factor.
The State shall abstract accident data from each boating accident report form and
enter such data into the boating accident report database (BARD), which was
developed in cooperation with the National Association of State Boating Law
Administrators (NASBLA). The State agrees to ensure the quality of data entry is
accurate and complete, providing for a successful data transfer into the national
BARD located at Coast Guard Headquarters.
An electronic copy of the State's accident and investigative report data, including
any alcohol/drug test results, shall be forwarded to the Office of Command and
Control Architecture (G-OCC-2) at Coast Guard Headquarters within 30 days of
receipt of the initial casualty or accident report. States without electronic data
transfer technology may forward copies of the accident and investigative reports to
G-OCC-2. The Coast Guard will review the reports and investigations received for
Search and Rescue.
On State waters that are not within the jurisdiction of the United States, the State has
exclusive responsibility for providing search and rescue service. On State waters
subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, the State and the Coast Guard have
joint responsibility. The Coast Guard will concentrate activity on coastal waters,
harbor areas, and inland water areas in the vicinity of Coast Guard facilities. On
other waters subject to concurrent jurisdiction, Coast Guard planners will look
primarily to search and rescue facilities provided by the State and its political