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Two people are dead following a boat crash on Rend Lake near the small Southern Illinois town of Ina.  Larry Smithhart's body was recovered from the water this afternoon, nearly 24 hours after two boats collided.  Smithhart was a boat tester with Bombardier Boat Company in Florida.  He was visiting family in Carmi, Illinois.  Another woman, whose name has not yet been released, died at a St. Louis hospital from the injuries sustained in the crash.  A total of five people were involved in the collision.  Police are still investigating.  They urge boaters of all ages to be careful on the water and always wear safety vests.

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