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Coroner: Jet skier was drunk, lost his vest before drowning

on August 04, 2014 10:34 AM

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A coroner says a man was drunk and not properly wearing a life vest when he fell off a jet ski on a western Pennsylvania river and drowned last month.

Armstrong County Coroner Brian Myers said 40-year-old Thomas Duane Uzmack’s blood alcohol content was nearly three times the limit considered legally intoxicated.

The Penn Hills man was also wearing a life vest that wasn’t properly fastened, causing it to fall off when the jet ski he was piloting capsized. A boy riding the watercraft had a vest on and swam to safety.

Investigators say Uzmack was celebrating his birthday when he drowned July 13 on the South Buffalo Township side of the Allegheny River. His body was found about 2.5 miles downriver three days later.

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