LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Estes Valley firefighters responded to a call about a man in Lake Estes Saturday afternoon. They say the man tried to save two children, but got caught under a current himself.

The children made it to shore safely as firefighters arrived.

Four other people, a boat and some paddleboarders helped firefighters look for the man. About an hour after the initial call, the man was found and then put on a boat to be taken to the hospital.

It is not clear how he is doing.

Officials say the man, in his 40s, was not wearing a personal flotation device. They say the water was between five to six feet deep.

“That water’s 54 degrees. It doesn’t take long before you’re in trouble,” officials told CBS4.

Officials say the children, and a number of other people, were on a sand bar when the children went too far in.

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Comments (2)
  1. steveZ says:

    What was the outcome of the father? Did he survive

  2. “They say the man tried to save two children, but got caught under [sic] a current himself.” — sure — blame it on firefighters. What do you suppose they meant by “caught under a current”? Unless this occurred immediately next to an inlet or outlet from the lake, there shouldn’t have been any current (and people get caught in, not under currents); did you confuse the Gulf of Mexico for Lake Estes?

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