University of Oregon junior Alex Rovello drowned Saturday after failing to surface following a 60-foot dive into Tamolitch Falls in Willamette National Forest in western Oregon.
Friends and bystanders tried to rescue the tennis player when he failed to surface after diving from a cliff into the Blue Pool at the base of the falls, but they were hampered by the deep, 37-degree water, the Linn County Sherriff's Department said.
"The Oregon tennis family is devastated by the loss of Alex," Oregon men's tennis Coach Nils Schyllander said. "He was an amazing person and teammate and his spirit will live on forever with all of us who were fortunate enough to have known him."
The popular swimming hole, located about two miles north of a campground, is so remote that one witness needed to run two miles before getting cell service to call 911, KTVB.com reported.