DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - A man died here Saturday evening, June 15, while trying to save his 3-year-old child, who had fallen from the bridge into the lake.
The man has been identified as Christopher Franklin Nicholas Schultz, 31, of Frazee.
The child was brought to shore by bystanders, according to a news release from Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander.
First responders rushed to Long Bridge after the sheriff's office received a report at 8:22 p.m. of a possible drowning.
When officers arrived, they were told the father had jumped into the waster to rescue the child. He began to struggle while keeping the child above water. Bystanders went into the water and brought the child to shore, but the man never resurfaced.
At 9:07 p.m., with help from a fisherman and the Becker County Dive Rescue Team, he was located. Schultz was taken to Essentia St. Mary's-Detroit Lakes Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The child was treated for injuries that weren’t life-threatening.
The incident remains under investigation.