2 brothers drown in Custer County pond

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CUSTER COUNTY, Colo. -- Two brothers drowned while swimming in a family pond late Sunday night, the Custer County Sheriff's Office said.

It happened on a two-acre pond at Music Meadows Ranch at the base of Music Pass in a rural part of the southern Colorado county around 11:30 p.m., the sheriff's office said.

Weldon Rusher, 20, decided to go swimming in the 41-degree water and swam beyond others when he began to struggle, the sheriff's office said.

That’s when his brother, Ben Rusher, 28, and others, rushed to help to find Weldon.

Once the other people got back to shore, they realized the Rusher brothers didn’t make it back and called 911.

The sheriff's office dive team said it spent the hours searching for the brothers and returned in Monday morning.

The dive team recovered both men’s bodies on Monday afternoon. An autopsy will be conducted on both men, but no foul play is expected.

Investigators believe a combination of chilly water, heavy weeds and the dark environment caused Weldon Rusher fatigue and panic.

Authorities then believe Ben Rusher exhausted himself trying to rescue Weldon from the depths of the pond.

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