Man and daughter drown in ACT river

Hannah Ryan
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A man and his daughter have both drowned in the Murrumbidgee River in the ACT.

Police were called to a local swimming hole, the Tharwa Sandwash, about 2.20pm on Saturday with reports that people were having difficulty in the waterway, south of Canberra.

They found a 48-year-old man who had drowned. His 11-year-old daughter was later found floating several hundred metres down the river.

Police and paramedics attempted to revive both but were unable to.

The man's other daughter, a 14-year-old, called for help after witnessing the incident, the ABC reported.

Detective Acting Inspector Simon Coady said it appeared the man had entered the water to try rescuing his daughter, the ABC reported.

"It appears as though the daughter had struggled with some swimming, the father has gone in to assist, and unfortunately both have been unable to get themselves to the shore," he said.

"There was another family member, another daughter, present and she's the one who called for assistance from police."

Police are investigating the drownings and will prepare a report for the coroner.