A 17-year-old boy drowned Monday afternoon in Lake  Loveland.  Zachariah  Apodaca was pulled out of the water by a diver just before 3. According to the Larimer County Coroner's Office, he died from accidental drowning. Zachariah was a Greeley resident and a recent Roosevelt High grad.


Loveland Fire Rescue Authority was dispatched to Lake Loveland after Apodaca had been swimming with his friends and started to struggle. His friends reportedly tried to help him before he went underwater, said Greg Ward, division chief with Loveland Fire Rescue Authority.

The cause of death was ruled as cerebral hypoxia/edema due to asphyxia by drowning, according to the medical examiner's office. The manner of death was accidental.

Ward said the incident occurred about 200 feet north of the Lake Loveland Swim Beach area, which was closed Monday and remained closed through Wednesday, according to the city website.

A GoFundMe account was set up for Apodaca Tuesday. As of Wednesday morning, it had raised more than $3,250 from 71 donors.

Source: 7News Denver