We recently reported about what may have been the first drowning death of the season.
The man who died in that May 6 incident was a still-unidentified 23-year-old from Fort Morgan, and at the conclusion of our post, we wrote, "Let's hope this tragedy isn't the start of another deadly season on Colorado's waterways."
Unfortunately, two more drowning deaths have followed in quick succession, and they're absolutely heartbreaking.
The victims were ten-year-old Paul Jacob Foreman, known as Jacob, and Daniel Foreman, his seven-year-old brother. They died during a picnic with their father, Jeff Foreman, who tried desperately to save them but was unable to do so.
At approximately 12:20 p.m. on Mother's Day, May 8, according to the Larimer County Sheriff's Office, the agency's dispatch center received a call about two kids who'd fallen into the Little Thompson River, not far from Pinewood Springs.
The area, as noted by CBS4, is known as the Tubs.
A slew of agencies rushed to the sceene, including Boulder Dive Team, Longmont Emergency Unit, Pinewood Fire Department, Big Elk Fire Department, Estes Park Fire Department, Estes Park Dive Team and the Estes Park Ambulance Service.
By the time they arrived, Jeff had already found the boys, who'd washed downstream after tumbling into the water during the brief period when he was unloading picnic items from his backpack. But they couldn't be revived.
Shortly thereafter, a GoFundMe page was created to benefit the Foreman family. Beneath the photo at the top of this post is the following introduction:
Please help. We are reaching out for our friends and neighbor, who lost their two young boys Daniel and Jacob (Paul) on Mother's Day in Pinewood Springs, CO. This tragic accidental drowning has been widely aired and many are asking what they can do to help. This family is devastated and as their neighbors and friends we can help with funeral expenses that are of course unexpected. We love them and want to help in any way we can. These boys were my son's best friends. Our hearts are all broken and it was his idea to try to help in this way for the family. We appreciate any help you can offer so we can ease any burden from the family. All money is going directly to the family.
The response from the community has been immediate and generous. At this writing, more than $18,000 has been pledged toward a goal of $20,000, with 300-plus people contributing over a span of fourteen hours.
An update expresses gratitude even as it makes clear the scope of the loss:
THANK YOU so much for the amazing generous outpouring of help you are all giving. I just left the family and they were in tears, complete tears in gratitude for the relief and help this is already giving them as they go tomorrow to begin arrangements for the burials of these sweet babies. Sincerely, we thank you all.
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For more information about the fundraising effort, click here.
Our sincere condolences to the friends, family and loved ones of Jacob and Daniel Foreman. Continue to see the aforementioned CBS4 report.