Canton teen injured in tubing accident near Big Rapids

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Authorities say a 16-year-old boy was pulled unconscious from the Muskegon River after a tubing accident.

Big Rapids Public Safety Director Andrea Nerbonne says in a statement that the teen was taking part in an outing with the youth group from the Muslim Community of Western Suburbs on Saturday afternoon.

Nerbonne says group members were tubing in the river behind Big Rapids Middle School about 4:30 p.m. Saturday when he fell from his tube. She says the boy was pulled from the river near the mouth of Mitchell Creek and airlifted to Grand Rapids Spectrum Health.

The group is based in the Detroit suburb of Canton and says on its website that he's in critical condition and asks that people give charity in his name.

The statement reads as follows:

Earlier today (8/16) MCWS Youth Group was at Cran-Hill Ranch. One of our youth, a 16-year-old boy was in a Ranch-run river tubing group. He was severely injured and was aero-med to Grand Rapids where he is now in ICU in critical condition. On behalf of the family, we urgently request that you please make sincere dua for him and give Sadaqah on his behalf. The family is requesting for some privacy at this time May ALLAH (SWT) give him full and speedy recovery and protect him. Jazakallah hu khairan

The teen wasn't immediately identified.

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