Heroic dad drowns while trying to save three-year-old son who fell from a bridge into a lake

2019-06-18 14:43
Christopher Schult and three-year-old son. (Photo: GoFundMe page)

Christopher Schult and three-year-old son. (Photo: GoFundMe page)

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An American dad tragically died just hours before Father’s Day while trying to save his three-year-old son, who fell into a lake.

Christopher Schultz (31) from Minnesota, US, jumped into a lake when his three-year-old son slipped through bridge railings on Saturday 15 June in Detroit Lakes, People reports.

"The little boy was leaning over the railing when he saw a fish and went over," said Sheriff Todd Glander from the Becker County Sherriff’s Office.

According to the sheriff's office, the dad struggled to keep afloat while keeping his son above water.

Bystanders then rushed to the scene and managed to grab the toddler from the father’s hands and took the boy to shore, Inside Edition reports.

Unfortunately, Christopher failed to resurface.

After 40 minutes of searching the lake, rescue divers found the dad’s body and rushed him to St Mary’s Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

The baby boy was treated for non-life threatening injuries and is expected to make a full recovery, The Sun reports.

Christopher’s devasted family have set up a GoFundMe page to help cover the father’s funeral costs.

“I worked with him and got to know him very well,” a co-worker wrote on the page.

“I'm sorry we lost touch. We'd have our lunch together and he would always talk about his kids and how much he loved them. I'll miss you, Chris.”

“Great Father. A hero. A Great Friend. He helped me through a tuff time in my life by being a friend to vent to and helped me in so many ways deal with the emotional stress of my custody battle (sic). I will be forever grateful. Our community lost a good man,” another person added.

Sources: People, Inside Edition, The Sun

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