Police: North Dakota dad drowns rescuing 3-year-old child

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - North Dakota officials said 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 Dead Shot Lake in Detroit Lakes, according to the Becker County Sheriff’s Office.

According to our sister station, Valley News Live, officials said 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.