Father dies attempting to save son from drowning in ocean

Aerial view of beachgoers on the shoreline of Atlantic City, N.J.

File photo: This July 9, 2018 photo shows beachgoers on the shoreline of Atlantic City N.J. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

A Pennsylvania man died Monday morning after he attempted to save his son from drowning in the ocean off Atlantic City, authorities say.

Atlantic City first responders and lifeguards were dispatched to the New Jersey Avenue beach at 9:32 a.m. on a report a child drowning and a man entering the water to save him, according to an Atlantic City Police Department press release.

The 11-year-old child made it to shore as responders were en route. A former police officer, who spotted Thanh Bui, 58, of Reading struggling, entered the ocean with a boogie board, and located him after he had gone underwater.

Once on the beach, officials said firefighters immediately began performing CPR on Bui, who was unresponsive and died at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in the city.

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His son was also transported to the medical center for treatment of undisclosed injuries.

Atlantic City lifeguards were off-duty when the incident occurred but immediately responded from a nearby beach tent upon hearing the call for assistance, police said.

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