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Pa. man thought to have drowned

September 28, 2006|by TARA REILLY

A Greencastle, Pa., man died last week while vacationing on The Outer Banks of North Carolina.

John Matthew Cline, 35, died Sept. 19, according to his obituary.

Cline, who was born in Hagerstown, was thought to have drowned, according to the National Park Service at Cape Hatteras National Park.

Cline, who was renting a cottage with four friends a mile north of Avon, N.C., borrowed a kayak from a neighbor and went into the ocean, the National Park Service said.

The kayak flipped after Cline paddled out about 50 yards. His friends, who had been watching from the cottage's deck, saw Cline holding onto the kayak and headed to the beach to help him, according to the park service.

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When his friends arrived, they found the kayak, but there was no sign of Cline, the park service said.

Rescue personnel searched for Cline's body until dusk Sept. 19, then again the next day, according to the park service.

It was unclear Wednesday night when Cline's body was found.

Paul Stevens, law enforcement specialist for the park service, said Wednesday night that he was off duty and didn't have the report with him. He said he would not be able to comment until today.

Cline's family members could not be reached for comment Wednesday night.

A service of remembrance will be Saturday at 7 p.m. at Tri-State Fellowship Church in Hagerstown. Friends may join the family at the church from 6 to 7 p.m., according to the obituary.

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