Friends remember Overland Park man who drowned off Ala. coast as devoted father of 2

FORT MORGAN, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say an Overland Park, Kan., man was among two swimmers who drowned in dangerous rip currents off the Alabama coast Sunday, and searchers are looking for a third person who hasn't been seen since going under.

Baldwin County Coroner Stanley Vinson says 51-year-old John Hogue of Overland Park, Kan., died on the beach after being pulled from the surf unconscious.

A few hours earlier, Vinson says 25-year-old Matthew Hattaway of Bossier, La., was pronounced dead after being spotted floating in the surf. Vinson says a third person disappeared in the water and hadn't been found Monday.

Friends say Hogue, a father of two, grew up in the foster system. His biological family dropped him off at the Drumm Farm for Children when he was only 6 years old, and he lived there until he was an adult.

Hogue is remembered for giving his children what he never had -- the security of a family.

"His kids were the apple of his eye," said family friend Tim Doughty. "As time goes on ... his children will see what kind of man he really was."

Authorities say all three victims were swimming on Fort Morgan Peninsula near Gulf Shores when they got into trouble.

A city spokesman says the surf wasn't bad, but dangerous rip currents were a problem.

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