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10 | Boating Safety Info: 402-471-5462 SAFETY DIVER'S FLAG The diver's flag must be displayed in Nebraska whenever diving or underwater -powered spear fishing to give fair warning to boaters of a diver in the area. Also: • Scuba divers are reminded to display the diver's flag and stay within 150 feet of their flag. • Divers may not dive within 200 feet of the outer limits of any designated swimming area, boat mooring, docking, or launching area. • Boaters must maintain a distance of 150 feet from a diver's flag, except law enforcement boats, rescue boats and boats engaged in the diving operations. ORANGE FLAG Whenever a water skier/tuber, surfboarder or any person engaged in a similar activity or associated equipment, is down in the water the operator or observer of the tow boat must display a hunter orange flag of a size not less than 12 inches square or at least 144 square inches. This flag must be visible from 360 degrees. It is unlawful to display an orange flag when persons or equipment are not in the water. REPORTING ACCIDENTS • It shall be the duty of the operator of a vessel involved in a collision, accident or other casualty to give his name, address and the identification of his vessel in writing to any person injured and to the owner of any property damaged. • The operator of every vessel involved in a boating accident is required to file a written report whenever a boating accident results in loss of life, disappearance of a person, loss of consciousness, medical treatment, disability for more than 24 hours, or property damage in excess of $500. Reports in death, disappearance and injury cases must be made within 48 hours; reports of other cases are required within five days. Written reports shall be submitted to the Game and Parks. Report forms may be downloaded at • The owner of a vessel shall be liable for any injury or damage caused by the negligent operation of any powered vessel. The owner shall not be liable if the vessel is being used without the consent of the owner unless the operator is a member of his immediate family. SAFETY

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