KEARNEY - A man was transported to the hospital Friday after he almost drowned in a lake near Elm Creek.

The Buffalo County Sheriff's office says Donnie Brown, Melissa Martin, and Glenda White were camping at the Union Pacific State Recreation area when they were having issues with their boat.

When Brown stepped on shore to put it on a trailer, the boat started to drift away with White still inside. Brown tried to swim to the boat in the middle of the lake, but he struggled to stay above water.

White and Martin were able to pull Brown out of the water, and he was transported to the hospital for evaluation.