Denver man drowned while swimming

A man who drowned in the Colorado River near the Colorado-Utah state line was identified Sunday as 43-year-old Jesse Lee Melvin of Denver.

Rob Kurtzman, forensic pathologist with the Mesa County Coroner’s Office, said Melvin was
swimming in turbulent 60-degree water while intoxicated when he began struggling in the current and disappeared.

Mesa County sheriff’s spokeswoman Mary Gonzales said Melvin was with a group of people jumping into the river from an area known as the Black Rocks, a camping spot maintained by the Bureau of Land Management about four miles east of the state line.

Melvin’s companions witnessed the incident. Mesa County Search and Rescue volunteers pulled Melvin’s body from the river Saturday evening.

Authorities said Melvin wasn’t wearing a life jacket.


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