HOLIDAY HILLS, Ill. (WLS) -- A man was found dead Wednesday afternoon after his boat left the Fox River in McHenry County, hit a tree and caught fire in a backyard, local officials said.
McHenry County Sheriff's deputies and McHenry firefighters responded about 3:40 p.m. to the 2400-block of South Riverview Drive in Holiday Hills for a report of a boat on fire.
Emergency responders found a speedboat and its sole occupant, a deceased man, in a backyard in the area.
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Police said the boat he was driving left the river and landed on the shore, and a witness put out the flames and found the man trapped between the boat and a tree.
He appeared to be dead, and the witness called 911.
The incident took place about one-half mile south of the McHenry Dam, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police said.
The IDNR and McHenry County Coroner's Office are investigating what caused the incident.
Holiday Hills boat crash: Man found dead after speedboat runs aground, hits tree, catches fire