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Autopsy: Man who drowned in Allegheny River was drunk

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Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, 6:06 p.m.

A Penn Hills man who drowned in the Allegheny River last month when he fell from a personal watercraft was drunk at the time, according to the results of an autopsy that were released on Sunday.

Armstrong County Coroner Brian Myers said Thomas Duane Uzmack's blood-alcohol level was 0.237 percent when he overturned his watercraft on July 13 in South Buffalo. The legal limit for driving is .08 percent.

Uzmack was wearing an improperly fastened life vest, which fell off when he fell into the river. He had a younger male passenger who also fell into the river but was rescued by family members on a nearby pontoon boat.

Uzmack's body was recovered three days later near the Schenley Marina in Gilpin, about 2.5 miles downriver from the accident site. Uzmack was celebrating his 40th birthday the day he drowned.

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