A July 24th press from the Sheriff’s Department updating the one below issued on July 16th:
Boat/Swimmer Accident Reclassified as “Near Drowning”
The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit has concluded its investigation into a
boat/swimmer accident that occurred on Sunday, July 15. Evidence indicates that the boat did
not strike the swimmer.
The incident has been determined to be a “near drowning” and has been reclassified accordingly.
On July 15, 2018 at 4:45 p.m. the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at Picnic
Grove Park, located at 598 Birch Lane. Responding Deputies were advised that a boat had struck a 6-year-old Cary boy who was swimming in the Fox River.
Upon arrival, Deputies spoke with witnesses who stated that the boy was located floating in close proximity to an 18-foot Bayliner.
A week-long investigation was conducted by the Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit. That investigation
determined that the boat never struck the boy.
The boy had suffered a near-drowning and was pulled from the water unconscious.
He was resuscitated by the life-saving measures of bystanders and was flown to Advocate Lutheran General. He has since been released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.
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A July 16th press release from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department:
Sheriff’s Office Investigates Boat/Swimmer Accident
A 6-year-old Cary boy sustained serious injuries after being struck by a boat in shallow water on
the Fox River in unincorporated Fox River Grove Sunday afternoon.
At 4:45 p.m., members of the Fox River Grove Fire Protection District, Fox River Grove Police
Department, and Flight for Life along with the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office responded to
Picnic Grove Park, located at 598 Birch Lane, for a boat/swimmer accident.
Preliminary investigation revealed a 19-year-old Algonquin man was piloting an 18 ft Bayliner
towards the beach to dock.
The 6-year-old was swimming at the beach and dove under the water.
Due to the murky water, the 19-year-old was unable to see the boy and drove the boat over him.
The child was next seen floating unconscious next to the boat and was pulled from the water.
Once on the beach, life-saving measures were undertaken by bystanders.
The juvenile was transported by Flight for Life to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park
Ridge with life-threatening injuries. Alcohol is not considered to be a factor in this accident.
The investigation is ongoing by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit.
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The Daily Herald reports that the boy was found alive and airlifted to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, a Level One Trauma Center.