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Boat did not strike Cary boy in 'near drowning' incident, sheriff's office says

6-year-old expected to make full recovery

A weeklong investigation has revealed that a 6-year-old Cary boy seriously injured July 15 in the water at Picnic Grove Park beach was not struck by a boat, according to the McHenry County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities first reported that the boy dove beneath the murky water at 598 Birch Lane in Fox River Grove and a 19-year-old Algonquin man piloting an 18-foot Bayliner drove over him.

But "evidence indicates that the boat did not strike the swimmer," according to a sheriff's office news release sent Tuesday afternoon. "The incident has been determined to be a 'near drowning' and has been reclassified accordingly."

Fox River Grove police and fire departments, the sheriff's office and Flight for Life responded to the scene about 4:45 p.m. July 15.

The child was seen floating unconscious shortly after and was pulled from the water. Once he was on the beach, bystanders began performing CPR, the sheriff's office said.

The boy was taken by Flight for Life to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital with serious injuries.

He has since been released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery, authorities said.

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