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Update: Long Bridge drowning victim identified

Detroit Lakes. Minn.—A man died Saturday evening at Long Bridge while trying to save his 3-year-old child, who had fallen from the bridge into the lake water below.

The drowning victim 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.

Law enforcement officers towing boats, firefighters and emergency medical workers rushed to Long Bridge after the Sheriff's Office received a report at 8:22 p.m. of a possible drowning at Long Bridge at Dead Shot Bay.

When officers arrived, they were told a 3-year-old child had fallen from the bridge into the water. The child's father jumped into the water to help the child. The father 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.

Officers from the Detroit Lakes Police Department and Becker County Sheriff's Office, along with St. Mary's EMS personnel, immediately began searching for the victim.

At 9:07 p.m., with help from a fisherman and the Becker County Dive Rescue Team, the victim was located. He was transported to Essentia St. Mary's Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. The child was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The Detroit Lakes Fire Department, Minnesota State Patrol, and Minnesota DNR assisted at the scene. The incident remains under investigation. A GoFundMe online account has been set up to raise money for the family.

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