Boy, Age 6, Hit By Boat Approaching Dock Near Picnic Grove Park, Fox River Grove

Flight for Life Patient Care in Fox River Grove

Fox River Grove police, McHenry County Sheriff’s deputies and Fox Lake FPD firefighter/paramedics responded about 4:45 p.m. to a report of a boating accident Sunday, July 15, 2018 on the Fox River near Picnic Grove Park, 598 Birch Lane, Fox River Grove.

Police and firefighter/paramedics arrived to find a severely injured 6-year-old boy from nearby Cary, Illinois with people trying to help him. Witnesses had spotted the boy floating on the surface of the water, and began performing CPR before paramedics arrived, according to McHenry County Sheriff’s Office.

Flight for Life was requested and the boy was transported by the medical helicopter to Level I Trauma Center in Park Ridge. The boy’s injuries were described as life-threatening.

According to police, the boy was swimming in the river near Picnic Grove Park, when he was struck by an 18-foot Bayliner motorboat as the boat approached the shore to dock. An initial police investigation determined that the boy dove under the surface of the murky water, and the boat’s 19-year-old driver did not see the boy as he approached the dock with the boat.

McHenry County Sheriff’s Office with the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit is continuing investigating. The location is about one-half mile northeast of Northwest Highway (US 14).

Flight for Life Patient Care FRGFlight for Life Patient Care to helicopter, Fox River Grove (SOURCE: Fox River Grove Fire Department).

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