UPDATE: A Lincoln man drowned and his son was hospitalized after an incident at Pawnee Lake in Lancaster County on June 17.

It is presumed that Christian Montoya, 28, died of an accidental drowning at the Area 1 beach. His son, 2-year-old Christian Montoya Jr., was taken to an area hospital in good condition.

A 911 call was made at 2:57 p.m., with the Lancaster County Sheriffs Office responding. Other responding agencies include the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Malcom Fire and Rescue, Raymond Fire and Rescue and the Lincoln Dive Team.

Eyewitness reports indicate the man and his son were on a flotation device that was blown out of the swimming area, and both eventually ended up in the water. The man had difficulty getting the boy to shore. A citizen on a personal watercraft picked up the boy and took him to shore. The man had disappeared when the citizen returned to pick him up.

Neither the man nor the child was wearing a life jacket.

The mans body was recovered by the dive team at 6:30 p.m. after three Game and Parks boats equipped with side-scan sonar searched the area.

An autopsy will be performed.

Game and Parks is investigating the incident.


Lincoln Fire and Rescue confirms they have found the body of the missing man in Pawnee Lake. 

He has not yet been identified. 

We'll bring you the latest tonight at 10 p.m.


Emergency crews are responding to a possible drowning at Pawnee Lake. 

Scanner reports indicate an adult male is lost in the water after attempting to save an infant from the water. 

According to reports, the infant is on land and OK. 

We have a reporter on the scene and will continue to provide updates as they become available and will bring you latest tonight at 5:30 and 10:00.