Authorities ID drowned angler

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) – City authorities have identified a fisherman who drowned in the Quinnipiac River.

Manuel Sarmiento, 35, a native of Ecuador who had lived in New Haven the past 10 years, went into the river on Friday to retrieve a broken rod and wasn’t able to make it out, police said.

He was fishing from the top of a railroad bridge when his line became snagged and the top part of his pole came off and went into the river, officials said. His friends said he was a good swimmer and went into the water to get the pole, but the current was too strong and pulled him downstream.

Sarmiento grabbed onto some rocks near the Middletown Avenue bridge, but couldn’t hang on, friends said.

A Milford Fire Department diver pulled Sarmiento’s body from the river Saturday afternoon, about 100 yards from where he went in. State police located the body using sonar.

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