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Two brothers die in Custer County drowning

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CSFD divers search for 20-year-old Weldon Rusher and his brother 28-year-old Benjamin Rusher in Custer County on Sept. 4, 2017. CSFD divers search for 20-year-old Weldon Rusher and his brother 28-year-old Benjamin Rusher in Custer County on Sept. 4, 2017.
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The Custer County Sheriff's Office has released the names of two brothers who drowned in a pond at the Music Meadow's Ranch Sunday night.

Deputies say 28-year-old Benjamin Rusher died while trying to save his 20-year-old brother Weldon Rusher during a gathering with friends at a family pond in rural Custer County.

Deputies said Weldon Rusher began struggling, and Benjamin Rusher went in the water to try to help him. Other people also rushed into the water to help, but could not reach either man.

Witnesses say they saw Benjamin go underwater to try to find his brother, and they thought he eventually swam back to shore. When no one could find either of them, they called 911.

The Colorado Springs Fire Department's Heavy Rescue Dive team was eventually called in after an hours-long search from the Custer County dive team. They helped recover the bodies of both men Monday afternoon.

Custer County Sheriff Shannon Byerly said in an email that the men were close to members of the sheriff's office. 

"It has been a long and traumatic 24 hours for us here at the sheriff’s office as we all know the family and the victims very well.  The family has a long and deep history in our area and this is a tragedy that will affect almost everyone who lives here," Byerly said.

The El Paso County Coroner will perform autopsies on both men. Deputies say foul play is not suspected, and the 41 degree water, heavy foliage along with fatigue likely led to their deaths.

In a release, the sheriff's office said: "We want to extend our deepest sympathy to the Rusher Family.  They have lost more than many will ever have and both Ben and Weldon will be missed by our entire community.  May God bless the family and friends of two men who were lost too soon."

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