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Sheriff says boat did not run over boy in Fox River Grove near drowning incident

Photo provided by the Fox River Grove Fire Department

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office said that a 6-year-old Cary boy rescued from the Fox River on July 15 was not ran over by a boat, but instead was a ‘near drowning’ incident.

Emergency crews were called at 4:45 p.m. on July 15 to Picnic Grove Park, 598 Birch Lane in Fox River Grove, for a report of a 6-year-old Cary boy who was struck by a boat.

Witnesses said that the boy was found floating closely to an 18-foot Bayliner boat. The boy was pulled from the water unconscious and bystanders performed CPR on him.

Flight For Life flew the boy to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.

“A week-long investigation was conducted by the Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit. That investigation determined that the boat never struck the boy,” the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office announced on Tuesday.

“The boy had suffered a near-drowning,” officials added.

The boy has since been released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.


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