Towing Distressed Vessels
[Table 6.1]

 

State

Do marine officers utilize random safety inspections that include boarding the boat in your state?

Other, please specify

Are marine officers allowed to tow vessels in distress in your state?

Other, please specify

Are seaplanes "on the water" treated as vessels in your state?

Other, please specify

Alabama

Yes 

 

Yes 

 

Yes 

 

Alaska

Yes 

 

Other, please specify 

Under certain circumstances 

No 

 

American Samoa

Yes 

 

 

 

 

 

Arizona

No 

 

Other, please specify 

yes, but officers generally do not tow due to liab 

No 

 

Arkansas

Other, please specify 

Yes, but we typically don't "board" boats. 

Yes 

 

No 

 

Australia

 

 

 

 

 

 

British Columbia

 

 

 

 

 

 

California

No 

 

Other, please specify 

if no towing service available or there's danger  

Other, please specify 

For rules of the road, not equipment/registration 

Colorado

No 

 

Yes 

 

No 

 

Connecticut

Yes 

 

Yes 

 

Yes 

 

Delaware

Yes 

 

Yes 

 

Yes 

 

District of Columbia

Yes 

 

Yes 

 

Other, please specify 

Prohibited in the District of Columbia 

Florida

Yes 

 

Yes 

 

No 

 

Georgia

Other, please specify 

Boarding is not required on all vessels 

Yes 

 

Yes 

 

Guam

Yes 

 

Yes 

 

Other, please specify 

No Seaplanes on Guam 

Hawaii

Yes 

 

No 

 

Yes 

 

Idaho

Yes 

 

Yes 

 

Yes 

 

Illinois

Yes  

 

Yes  

 

No 

 

Indiana

No 

 

Yes 

 

Yes 

 

Iowa

Yes 

 

Yes 

 

No 

 

Kansas

Yes 

 

Yes 

 

No 

 

Kentucky

No 

 

Yes 

 

No 

 

Louisiana

Yes 

 

Yes 

 

Other, please specify 

only prior to take off and after landing 

Maine

Yes 

 

Yes 

 

No 

 

Manitoba (Canada)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maryland

Yes 

 

Other, please specify 

Under certain restrictions,ex. emergency situation 

No 

 

Massachusetts

Yes 

 

Yes 

 

No 

 

Michigan

No 

 

Other, please specify 

In case of life or property safety 

No 

 

Minnesota

No 

 

Yes 

 

No 

 

Mississippi

Yes 

 

Other, please specify 

Only in Emergency 

No 

 

Missouri

Yes 

 

Yes 

 

No 

 

Montana

Yes 

 

Yes 

 

No 

 

Nebraska

No 

 

Yes 

 

No 

 

Nevada

No 

 

Yes 

 

Yes 

 

New Hampshire

No 

 

Yes 

 

Yes 

 

New Jersey

No 

 

Yes 

 

Yes 

 

New Mexico

Yes 

 

Yes 

 

Yes 

 

New York

Yes 

 

 

 

Yes 

 

North Carolina

Yes 

 

Yes 

 

No 

 

North Dakota

No 

 

Other, please specify 

When there is human safety issue. 

No 

 

Northern Mariana Islands

No 

 

Yes 

 

No 

 

Ohio

Yes 

 

Yes 

 

Yes 

 

Oklahoma

Yes 

 

Yes 

 

No 

 

Ontario (Canada)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oregon

Other, please specify 

yes with probable cause or consent 

Yes 

 

Yes 

 

Pennsylvania

No 

 

Yes 

 

No 

 

Puerto Rico

Other, please specify 

random safety inspections but not boarding 

Other, please specify 

only if third parties lives are in danger 

No 

 

Quebec (Canada)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rhode Island

Yes 

 

Yes 

 

No 

 

South Carolina

Yes 

 

Yes 

 

Yes 

 

South Dakota

Yes 

 

Yes 

 

No 

 

Tennessee

Yes 

 

Yes 

 

Yes 

 

Texas

Yes 

 

Yes 

 

No 

 

Utah

Yes 

 

Yes 

 

No 

 

Vermont

Other, please specify 

Yes, boarding to inspect the marine sanitation div 

Yes 

 

Yes 

 

Virgin Islands

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virginia

No 

 

Yes 

 

No 

 

Washington