Boy Rescued in Fox River Was Near-Drowning Victim, Not Boat Accident Victim

An investigation by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit has concluded that evidence shows that a boy previously believed to have been hit by a boat in the Fox River, was not hit by a boat at all. After a week of investigation, the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit determined that the boy was a near drowning victim, not a trauma victim. The investigation revealed that the boat and the boy did not make contact.

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

Police and firefighter/paramedics arrived to find a 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.

The boy was swimming off a beach at Picnic Grove Park in Fox River Grove when he dove underwater. Witnesses said the boy was found floating next to an 18-foot Bayliner. The unconscious boy was pulled from the water and was resuscitated by Good Samaritans who administered CPR. The boy was transported by helicopter to Level I Trauma Center Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. He has been released from Lutheran General Hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office had not issued a citation to the boater; instead waiting for the investigation to be completed. After the incident witnesses immediately told investigators the boater was approaching the dock slowly and cautiously, according to police

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