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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 4. Conservation and Natural Resources
Agency 15. Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
Chapter 390. Watercraft: Safe and Reasonable Operation of Vessels
1/22/2020

4VAC15-390-110. Departure from Regulations to Avoid Immediate Danger.

In obeying and construing this chapter due regard shall be had to all dangers of navigation and collision, and to any special circumstances which may render a departure from this chapter necessary in order to avoid immediate danger. When, from any cause, the vessel required to keep its course and speed finds itself so close that collision cannot be avoided by the action of the give-way vessel alone, the operator shall take such action as will best aid to avoid collision. This action does not relieve the give-way vessel of its obligation to keep out of the way. The "give-way" vessel is that vessel required to take early and substantial action to keep well away from other vessels by stopping, slowing or changing course.

Statutory Authority

§§ 29.1-501, 29.1-502, 29.1-701, and 29.1-735 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR325-04-3 § 11, eff. July 1, 1973; amended, Volume 19, Issue 05, eff. January 1, 2003.

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