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Duck Boat Investigators Focus on Weather-Related Decision and Apparent Lack of Life Jacket Use in Tragic Incident on Lake Waters in Missouri

Investigators updated the public and the media on its ongoing investigation into Thursday's July 19, 2018) tragic duck boat trip on Table Rock Lake that left 17 people dead and 14 more injured.

New Laws for Illinois Boaters

Question: What new Illinois laws are in place to help keep boaters safe? Answer: One new law requires boaters to display a bright orange flag from the highest point of a boat's helm when towing a person such as a water skier. Another new law allows authorities to seize and impound watercraft used repeatedly by a boater who's been under the influence of alcohol or drugs. And, starting in 2016, boating safety courses will be mandatory for younger motorboat operators. A valid boating safety certificate will be required for those born after January 1, 1998, before they can operate a motorboat with a 10 horsepower or above engine. Thanks to the Illinois State Bar Association for its newsletter information provided here.   For more information about Illinois law, visit If you have a legal question, send it to

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