The Coast Guard announced on August 21, 2015 that it developed a draft Recreational Boating Accident Reporting Manual, COMDTINST M16782.1, to replace Standard Method of Reporting (Boating Accidents), CG-449, which was last published in September 1973.
When the announcement was published, the manual was not yet available online. The manual is now available on regulations.gov.
The Coast Guard is seeking public comment on this draft.
The manual addresses the following broad topics:
• Regulations, vessel determinations, accident scenarios policy and definitions of terms
• Report form and reporting system
• Expected roles of the Coast Guard and State
• Investigation and data entry expectations
Comments can discuss any aspects or other concerns about the Manual. Comments must be received on or before November 19, 2015.