Father, son found dead in Wissahickon Creek
Two bodies were pulled from the Wissahickon Creek today in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park, police said.
A witness told police that a 40-year-old father dove into the creek after his 13-year-old son disappeared in the water about 2:30 p.m. at a swimming hole near the Valley Green Inn.
The witness saw the boy jump into the water nearby the Devil's Pool area. The father followed soon after.
Crews searching the creek discovered the bodies about 4 p.m.
Though it's illegal to take a dip in city creeks, in the last two decades, according to a count by the Philadelphia Daily News, at least 16 people - mostly kids younger than 16 - have drowned in them. Dozens more have been injured in the winding, rocky, debris-filled waters. Since 2010, police have rescued 19 swimmers in trouble from creeks and rivers.