Father drowns trying to save child from current

DUNCANNON, Pa. (WHTM) – A Perry County man drowned while trying to save his 8-year-old daughter.

State police said Robert Michael Thorn, 54, of Penn Township, was swimming with his two children on Aug. 20 when his daughter began to struggle with the current.

Thorn and his 15-year-old son went after the girl and the teen was able to get her to safety, but Thorn also became caught in the current.

His son brought Thorn to the shore and began CPR. The children ran home to call 911 and returned to their father, but emergency crews were unable to resuscitate him.

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