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Tennis Player Alex Rovello drowns in 60-foot waterfall jump

May 13, 2013 at 12:50 PM   |   Comments

May 13 (UPI) -- Alex Rovello, a 21-year-old member of the University of Oregon tennis team, drowned Saturday after jumping into the Blue Pool on the McKenzie River, in western Oregon KTVB reported.

Witnesses told police that Rovello's body did not surface after he jumped from the 60-foot cliff. They added that while many tried to help him they were unsuccessful due to the 37-degree water temperature.

Time was another contributing factor in Rovello's death as the bystander who reported the incident to 911 had to run two miles to make the call.

Rovello's body was later retrieved by dive teams more than 30 feet from the surface of the river.

Rob Mullens, the Director of Athletics at the University of Oregon gave his sympathies to Rovello's family in a statement published on GoDucks.com.

“Alex was so much more than a dedicated and exemplary student-athlete at the University of Oregon,” Mullens wrote. “He was a son, a friend, a teammate, a leader, whose warm personality brought everyone together and whose contributions to the extended Oregon community will resonate long after today. On behalf of the UO family, we extend our sympathies to Alex’s family, and we will honor his memory each and every day.”

The memorial service will be held Saturday May 18.

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