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Fon du Lac Police offer potential life-saving tips after Sunday’s deadly Illinois River accident

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PEORIA (WEEK) - After a fatal jet ski accident on the Illinois River on Sunday, authorities are reminding boaters to stay safe.

For example, Fon du Lac Park District Police Chief Michael Johnson said it's critical that everyone wear life jackets at all times. It's not enough just to have life jackets on board.

Also, Johnson advises boaters to stay out of the way of commercial traffic.

If someone is in trouble, call for help. Johnson says never jump in the river to try to safe someone.

"The most important thing anyone can do before they get on the water and operate is take a boating operation course," said Johnson.

"Learn the basics before getting out there. It could prevent you from losing your life," he added.

Just like a car, it's against the law to operate a boat under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Meantime, authorities continue to investigate Sunday evening's Jet Ski accident near the public boat launch in Creve Coeur.

Tazewell County Coroner Charles Hanley said drowning was the cause of Rex A. Monroe's death. Monroe was from Peoria and 49-years old. Rescue crews said they pulled his Monroe's body from the river Sunday evening after the Jet Ski capsized.

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