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Autopsy for Harvard drowning victim planned for Tuesday morning

(Jim Dallke - jdallke@shawmedia.com)
According to area residents, this is the canoe that tipped over with three Harvard boys who fell into a pond in the 800 block of Apple Valley Road.

HARVARD – An autopsy on a Harvard boy who drowned in a retention pond on Monday night is scheduled for this morning, according to the McHenry County Coroner's Office.

Christian Robles, 12, was in a canoe with two other Harvard boys in a stormwater retention pond in the 800 block of Apple Valley Road when it capsized and they fell into the water.

When the canoe tipped over, one of the boys was able to swim to shore, and one was rescued.

The trio had been fishing in the retention pond for three hours when all three leaned over one side of the canoe, causing it to capsize, according to the Harvard Police Department. The boys were not wearing life preservers nor were any found in the vessel.

Fire department personnel were called at about 7:30 p.m., Harvard Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Daniel Danczyk said.

Calls for help from the boys alerted a nearby family member who then attempted to rescue one of the boys in the water, according to the coroner's office.

Dancyzk said the water was 15 to 20 feet deep.

He said firefighters were able to find the boy about an hour after they were called. When he was brought to shore, firefighters attempted life-saving measures. The boy was taken to Mercy Harvard Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at approximately 8:46 p.m.

Iniitial reports from the Harvard Fire Protection District described the boy as 13 years old.

The news release from the coroner's office listed the boy as 12 years old. There was no evidence of external trauma to the body of the boy, Coroner Anne Majewski said.

The other boys, 12 and 10 years old, were not hurt, Danczyk said.

The coroner's office was not releasing the name of the boy because he is a juvenile. The Northwest Herald obtained the name through the victim's family members and other sources.

Crews from Wonder Lake, Woodstock, Cary, Fox River Grove and McHenry were among those called to the scene.

Dive crews from Harvard were used in the rescue effort.

— Lawerence Synett and Joe Bustos

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