A Father Drowned in a Minnesota Lake After Saving His 3-Year-Old Son Who Had Fallen In

A father gave his life to save his son over Father’s Day weekend. Christopher Franklin Nicholas Schultz, 32, drowned after attempting to save his three-year-old son who had fallen into Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.

As a result of Schultz’s heroic rescue, his son survived the fall and was treated at the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander told People that emergency personnel responded to a call on Saturday evening about a possible drowning outside of Long Bridge restaurant at Dead Shot Bay.

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Father Drowned After Saving Son: A Life Saved, and a Life Lost

Witnesses on the scene told police they saw Schultz jump into the water after his son had fallen off the bridge. While attempting to rescue his son, Schultz was pulled underwater and never resurfaced during the rescue.

Officers from Detroit Lakes Police Department, Becker County Sheriff’s Office, and St. Mary’s EMS personnel searched the water for Schultz. His body was found nearly an hour later by a fisherman and Becker County’s Dive Rescue. He was taken to Essentia St. Mary’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Glander told People that the incident remains under investigation.

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Support the Schultzes

Schultz’s friends and family set up a GoFundMe page to cover funeral costs and medical expenses. To date, they have raised more than $9,000 of a $20,000 goal. Lend the family a hand, if you can!

Our thoughts and condolences are with the family during this difficult and traumatic time.

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