One Man Dies in Jet Ski Accident in Franklin County

Several emergency crews responded to Lake Benton in Franklin County, Illinois on Sunday just after 2 p.m. on September 1, 2019. Police are re investigating a Jet Ski accident that left one person dead. The male driver of the Jet Ski was arrested and taken to jail in connection to the death. Officials say, the man whose body was recovered was identified as Gary D. Graham, 73, of Benton, Illinois. Investigative reports show that two men were riding on a borrowed jet ski when the driver made a quick u-turn. Both men were ejected. The driver told authorities he swam after the still running jet ski and the passenger tried to swim towards the boat dock but went under and did not resurface. Neither man was wearing a life vest.


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