46 U.S. CODE § 2303 - DUTIES RELATED TO MARINE CASUALTY ASSISTANCE AND INFORMATION
(a)The master or individual in charge of a vessel involved in a marine casualty shall:
(1) render necessary assistance to each individual affected to save that affected individual from danger caused by the marine casualty, so far as the master or individual in charge can do so without serious danger to the master’s or individual’s vessel or to individuals on board; and
(2) give the master’s or individual’s name and address and identification of the vessel to the master or individual in charge of any other vessel involved in the casualty, to any individual injured, and to the owner of any property damaged.
(b) An individual violating this section or a regulation prescribed under this section shall be fined not more than $1,000 or imprisoned for not more than 2 years. The vessel also is liable in rem to the United States Government for the fine.
(c) An individual complying with subsection (a) of this section or gratuitously and in good faith rendering assistance at the scene of a marine casualty without objection by an individual assisted, is not liable for damages as a result of rendering assistance or for an act or omission in providing or arranging salvage, towage, medical treatment, or other assistance when the individual acts as an ordinary, reasonable, and prudent individual would have acted under the circumstances.
Ordinary, Reasonable and Prudent:
- Of no exceptional ability, degree or quality,
- Within the expected human condition or situation,
- Governed by or being in accordance with reason or sound thinking,
- Conforming with established standards or rules being within reasonable or average limits,
- Not excessive nor extreme,
- Being and exercising inside the bounds of common sense, reason and good judgment,
- Having modest or moderate expectations; not making excessive demands,
- Practical and careful in providing,
- Exercising caution or showing care and attention.
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p.s. "Which lifeboats kill most seafarers? It is a commercial secret that you must not ask. Your life is at risk because your life is less important than the lifeboat manufacturer’s."