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Body of missing fisherman found in Cumberland pond

Posted June 3, 2012

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— On Sunday, Cumberland County authorities found the body of a man who went missing while fishing on a pond Friday night.

Authorities say Bobby Porter fell out of his boat into an artificial pond off Seaham Drive, outside Fayetteville. Searchers scoured the area for him on Saturday, including the help of cadaver dogs. On Sunday morning, authorities recovered Porter's body and friends believe that his death was accidental.

"He introduced me to my wife," said longtime friend Jeffery Altman. "I've fished with him 25 years and he's never fell out of a boat."

Altman said that Porter loved three things above all - God, family and fishing.

After hearing about Porter's accident, his church family at Lighthouse Harvest Church quickly formed a prayer group.

"I can't believe it, I can't believe this happened," said church member Ana Adams. "He was an amazing guy. He will be missed greatly."

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The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate the death, but have yet to release details into the accident.

Friends say that Porter was a capable swimmer but details on whether or not he was wearing a life vest are unknown.


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  • lakeyk1 Jun 5, 2012

    So sad, a tragedy for a young man that from his picture loved life, especially his fishing. My prayers are with his family as they grieve for their loss. May God bless you.

  • BubbaDuke Jun 4, 2012

    Prayers for the family and friends.

  • ananicoleadamee Jun 4, 2012

    They spelt my name wrong. (Ana Adams) No, Its Ana Adame. I miss him so much.

  • delta29alpha Jun 4, 2012

    Can someone explain to me what an artificial pond is?

    I'm assuming they are meaning one created by digging it out with excavating equipment. Not naturally occurring, in other words man made.

  • Bartmeister Jun 4, 2012

    Can someone explain to me what an artificial pond is?

  • Fireflies Rock Jun 4, 2012

    so sad; I'm glad to see this man's family seems to have a good church support system to help them during this sad time.

  • Z Man Jun 4, 2012

    At least he went out doing what he loved to do. That's the way I want to go. Unfortunately for Bobby it appears there was a lot more fishing to get done.

  • Scubagirl Jun 4, 2012

    condolences to all who cared about this man. He at least died doing something he loved.

  • BEACH Jun 4, 2012

    Prayers for the family

  • itsmyownopinion Jun 4, 2012

    Condolences to his family and friends. So sad to hear a good man lost his life on the water he apparently loved to boat.