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6-year-old critically injured after being run over by boat near Fox River Grove

Photo provided by the Fox River Grove Fire Department

A 6-year-old Cary boy suffered life-threatening injuries after being run over by a boat in shallow water along the Fox River in Fox River Grove Sunday afternoon.

The Fox River Grove Fire Protection District, Fox River Grove Police Department, Flight For Life and the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office were called at 4:45 p.m. Sunday to Picnic Grove Park, 598 Birch Lane, for a report of a boating accident.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office said that a 19-year-old Algonquin man was driving an 18-foot Bayliner boat on the Fox River towards the beach to dock it. A 6-year-old Cary boy was swimming at the beach and dove under the water, officials said.

“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,” the sheriff’s office said.

The boy was rescued from the water and bystanders began performing CPR on him.

He was transported by Flight For Life to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge with life-threatening injuries. Authorities said that alcohol was not a factor in the accident.

The investigation is ongoing by the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit.


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