Two Md. men are identified as victims in N.C. drownings

September 28, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Authorities have identified two Maryland men who drowned in separate incidents off the North Carolina coast late last week as Vance Kendall Givens of the Woodlawn area of Baltimore County and Charles M. Kennedy Jr. of Elkton.

The drownings took place a few miles and a few hours apart on the Outer Banks on Thursday, according to Currituck County spokeswoman Diane Sawyer. Kennedy's death was attributed to a riptide, but authorities don't know what happened to Givens, she said.

"He didn't appear to be in distress to anyone around," she said.

The drownings were the second and third in Currituck County this summer, Sawyer said.

Kennedy and four others were swimming in the Whalehead area about 9 a.m. when they ran into trouble with the riptide, she said.

Lifeguards were not yet on duty, and emergency officials and lifeguards who responded were able to save four of the five, she said.

Sawyer said sheriff's officials were told that Kennedy, 35, of Justice Way, drowned while trying to rescue his stepdaughter.

Nearly three hours later and several miles to the south on Pine Island, Givens was swimming with another person when his wife suddenly noticed him floating face down, Sawyer said.

Givens, 35, of Claybrooke Drive, and his wife, Donna, were on a retreat with a career fellowship group through Chapelgate Presbyterian Church in Marriottsville, according to the church and Givens' father.

Givens, a Catonsville High School graduate, worked in data processing for the state and was a newlywed, said George Givens of Catonsville.

"He was such a beautiful young man," he said. "He was really my right-hand young man. I'm going to miss him. I haven't gotten over the shock yet."

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