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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ill. — A father tragically died while rescuing his girlfriend’s two children while boating Friday.

Jeremy Jelley, 37, jumped into a lake to rescue the two 12-year-old girls from strong waves after a storm rolled in, bringing 40 mph winds and five-foot waves, according to KSDK.

Jelley, who is a father of three, was able to get the girls back to the boat, but he was not able to reach it himself. His body was found Sunday.