Father drowns in Minnesota lake rescuing his 3-year-old child

Published: Jun. 16, 2019 at 3:03 PM CDT
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The Becker County Sheriff says a father drowned Saturday night trying to save his 3-year-old kid who had fallen off a bridge and into a bay.

Deputies received a report at around 8:22 p.m. of a possible drowning at Long Bridge at Deadshot Lake in Detroit Lakes, according to the Becker County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials say a father, 31-year-old Christopher Schultz, had jumped into the water after his 3-year-old child fell off the bridge. Schultz began to struggle as he kept the child above water.

Bystanders brought the child to shore, but Schultz never resurfaced.

A fisherman and the Becker County Dive Rescue Team located the victim at 9:07 p.m., according to the sheriff’s office.

Schultz was pronounced dead at St. Mary’s/Essentia Hospital.

The child was treated for non-life threatening injuries.