Robert E. Martin died after attempting to save Tanya S. Bonner from drowning, Kushla, Alabama, April 1, 1990. Tanya, 10, was wading in Chickasaw Creek when she entered water that was over her head. She panicked and called for help. Her half brother, Robert, 15, high school student, who was on the bank, immediately entered the creek and swam to her. A struggle ensued, during which Robert submerged and surfaced, then submerged again. Friends took Tanya to the bank, but Robert disappeared from view. A man who was nearby was alerted to the accident; he went to the scene and recovered Robert. Robert was revived but succumbed to drowning the next day.
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