One Dead After Boating Accident In Fox River

ALGONQUIN, Ill. (STMW) — A boating accident in the Fox River near northwest suburban Algonquin has left one person dead early Sunday in McHenry County, according to fire department authorities.

One male who was found in the water is dead, according to a release from the Algonquin Lake in the HIlls Fire Protection District.

At 4:20 a.m. personnel from the Algonquin Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District was sent to 10350 N. River Rd. to investigate a a 21-foot Cutty Cabin boat that was upside down on a pier, according to the release.

The boat was resting half one a pier and the victim — identified to the Elgin Courier-News by officials as Michael Cherbak, 45, of Algonquin, was found in the water about ten feet from the boat, according to the release. Crews searched the water using a sonar but no one else was found.

The cause of the accident was under investigation by the McHenry County Sheriff’s office.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

  • L. Pezcador

    Sorry to hear this, but anyone who fishes here regularly will not be surprised. Drunken speedboaters are a constant hazard here at night in the summer months.

    The authorities here are not concerned with real safety issues…… they are too busy attacking the soft targets, harrassing outsiders and writing inappropriate citations in order to raise revenue.

  • hammy indiana

    yes, druken sea boaters get a pass….but if you’re caught jay walking, you get a pat down and interrogation.

  • p olivarus

    Sure, if you’re drunk and blasting around all night on an expensive yacht you’ll be left alone. But if you’re just a fisherman in a small craft minding his own business, you can expect a complete boat search by the DNR. And I guarantee they will find some reason to issue a ticket.

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