Boys riding on tube hurt when boats crash on Fox River

A woman and two boys were injured Friday evening in a boating accident on the Fox River near northwest suburban Cary.

The crash involving two boats happened about 6:20 p.m. in a narrow section of the river, said McHenry County sheriff’s Deputy Aimee Knop.

A northbound boat pulling a tub carrying two 12-year-old boys made a U-turn, sending the tube around a second boat going southbound, Knop said.

The tube hit the southbound boat’s canopy then landed inside of the vessel, injuring a woman inside, Knop said.

One of the boys was taken to Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington for minor injuries, Knop said. The woman was also taken to the same hospital as a precaution.

The other boy suffered a possible broken leg and was airlifted as a precaution to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Knop said. His condition was stabilized.

None of the three suffered life-threatening injuries, she said.

Authorities do not believe that drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash. No citations have been issued as sheriff’s office’s marine unit and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources continue to investigate.

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