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Florida Man Drowns Saving Teen From Lake Michigan

(Porter, IN) - A Florida man visiting the area sacrificed his own life on Monday to rescue someone from Porter Beach on Lake Michigan.


According to DNR reports, 38-year-old Thomas Kenning of St. Petersburg, Florida saw a teenager struggling in the water and rushed in to save her. After helping the girl to safety, Kenning disappeared in the water.


His body was soon recovered by lifeguards who responded to the scene, but Kenning was pronounced dead at a local hospital.


Porter Beach is an unguarded beach and is considered “swim at your own risk.”


Kenning, a middle-school social studies teacher, was in the area visiting his parents. The 17-year-old girl he saved is from Illinois.

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