Published: Jan 28, 2013 11:19 PM EST
Updated: Jan 28, 2013 11:56 PM EST

MARCO ISLAND, Fla.- Marco Island emergency crews rushed to rescue a man who nearly drowned in a lake.

It happened Monday afternoon at Mackle Park on Andalusia Terrace.

Witnesses said the 61-year-old Connecticut man was at the park using a remote control boat. A part of the boat fell off and when he tried to swim out to retrieve the part, he started to struggle.

Two underage children tried to swim out to rescue the man, but they had to abandon the rescue when they too started to struggle.

Divers and police officers found the man underwater 36-minutes later. They performed CPR and rushed him to an area hospital.