A 29-year-old Helena man who was carrying his child while wading in Spring Meadow Lake State Park drowned Wednesday when he got stuck in mud and went underwater, officials said.
Emergency responders received a call at 2:34 p.m., Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton said.
Dutton said the man, who was fully clothed, was wading in a deeper part of the north area of the swimming section in the Helena lake. He was carrying a boy, estimated to be about 3 years old, on his shoulders and apparently walked into some mud and the child began to thrash.
A woman with the child’s mother, who was onshore, jumped into the water and grabbed the child, Dutton said.
The man went underwater.
The sheriff’s Water Emergency Team, Helena Fire Department, St. Peter’s Health and Lewis and Clark County Search and Rescue responded and were able to find the man.
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St. Peter’s Health began rescue efforts and the man was pronounced dead at the hospital. The child and the child's mother were also taken to the hospital for examination.
Dutton said family members were still being contacted and he did not release the man’s name.
“Our condolences go out to the family,” he said.