Officials identify drowning victim
Authorities have identified a man who drowned in the Roaring Fork River near Carbondale on Tuesday as Kenneth William Uttecht, 77, of Broomfield.Uttecht died of accidental drowning, according to Garfield County Deputy Coroner Bradley Braverman, who released the man’s name after notification of next of kin. He died while he and two friends, also from Broomfield, were fishing from a boat that belonged to one of the men, Braverman reported.The victim, who was riding in the back of the boat, reportedly fell out backward after the boat hit a rock in the river. The other two men, whom Braverman declined to identify, stayed with the boat and managed to get to shore and call for help.Uttecht, who was not wearing a life jacket, was found a short distance downriver from the spot where the accident occurred. Braverman said Uttecht’s friends had seen him flailing his arms before he disappeared. His body showed no signs of trauma except a small scratch on the nose.Braverman said Uttecht’s body has been taken to Broomfield for burial.
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