River rescue reminds us to stay safe

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EAST PEORIA, Ill. — The Fon Du Lac Park District wants people to be careful when they go boating this summer.

Monday night an adult and child had to be rescued after falling out of a boat on the Illinois River. Luckily the two were wearing life vests and were rescued safely.

Park District Director Michael Johnson says it’s always important to check the weather before you go out, and remember to bring protective gear.

“Wear a life jacket, that is the most important thing you can do while you’re operating on any body of water,” says Johnson, “You do not have the time to put that on after you’ve hit a stump, or after you’ve fallen over board so have a life jacket on and that will sustain you until we can get to you.”

District officials also remind boaters that water levels are still high, and in these conditions river currents can be much more dangerous.

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