2 boys, woman OK after tubing accident on Fox River

Updated 7/25/2015 12:51 PM

One boy was in stable condition Saturday, while another boy and a woman were released for minor injuries Friday after a tubing accident on the Fox River near unincorporated Cary.

Two 12-year-old boys from Crystal Lake were riding in inner tubes being pulled by a boat heading northbound on the river when it made a U-turn. The boys flipped from the tubes and landed on a canopy of an oncoming southbound boat, said McHenry County Sheriff's Office Deputy Aimee Knop.


One boy and a Fox River Grove woman who was a passenger on one of the boats were treated and released for minor injuries at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, while the second boy was flown by Flight for Life to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge with a possible broken leg. He was listed in stable condition Saturday, said Knop.

The southbound boat also had been towing some children, but they were uninjured. The drivers were uninjured and the two boats were not damaged, Knop said.

"They all ended up being very lucky," Knop said.

The accident continues to be under investigation by the McHenry County Sheriff's Marine Unit and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, she said.

No tickets or citations were issued and the identities of those rescued were not released.

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