If you plan to spend any time on the water this summer, the Illinois Conservation Police want you to be safe. State law requires kids under 13 to wear a life jacket while boating. Conservation Police Director Raphael Gutierrez says it's a good idea for adults as well.
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Anyone riding a jet ski must wear a life vest regardless of age. Last year there were 20 boating deaths in Illinois. Fourteen of those could have been prevented if the victim was wearing a lifejacket. The other six involved alcohol.