Person drowns in Silver Lake in Oakwood Hills after boat overturns

Silver Lake photographed March 3, 2024.

One person died after a kayak tipped over on Silver Lake near Cary early Sunday, Oakwood Hills Police Chief Raymond Cordell confirmed.

A news release from the Cary Fire Protection District called the vessel a canoe and said two men had taken it out and it tipped over about halfway across the lake.

First responders from the district arrived at 1 a.m. to the 100 block of Lakeshore Drive in Oakwood Hills and found a 20-year-old Schaumburg man who had swum to shore before their arrival. The man was evaluated at the scene but declined going to the hospital, according to the release.

A 19-year-old man was unaccounted for, and divers set up a water rescue operation at North Beach and began searching the lake. At 2:30 a.m. the rescue became a recovery effort, and crews found the man about an hour later at a spot 12 feet deep and 60 feet from shore, according to the release. First responders didn’t perform resuscitation efforts, according to the release.

The McHenry County Coroners Office was asked to come to the scene, according to the release. The coroner’s office was not immediately available for comment Sunday.

Fox River Grove, Nunda Rural, Algonquin-Lake in the Hills, Barrington-Countryside, Buffalo Grove, Crystal Lake, Countryside, Fox Lake, Grayslake, Lake Zurich, Libertyville, Wauconda and Woodstock fire departments also helped with rescue efforts or covered the Cary station. The Oakwood Hills and Cary police departments and McHenry County Sheriff’s Office also responded, according to the release.

The Oakwood Hills Police Department is investigating the incident.