Thomas Kenning, deceased

Last June 27, a 16-year-old girl was wading in Lake Michigan off of Porter, Indiana, when she was pulled away from shore into water at least 5 feet deep. Water conditions were rough with rip currents, 4-foot waves, and unpredictable water depths at the scene. A 38-year-old teacher was at the beach with his family when he saw the girl at a point about 60 feet from shore. A good swimmer, Thomas Kenning of St. Petersburg, Florida, entered the water and swam toward the girl. Approaching her, he reached his hand out, but a wave broke over them before they could connect. Kenning submerged. Lifeguards arrived and removed the girl from the water. Kenning was spotted in the water about 15 minutes after he entered. Lifeguards and other rescue personnel removed him from the water and attempted to revive him, but he had drowned.