University of Oregon tennis player drowns in 60-foot waterfall jump

University of Oregon tennis player drowns in 60-foot waterfall jump

University of Oregon tennis player drowns in 60-foot waterfall jump

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by KGW staff

KING5.com

Posted on May 12, 2013 at 4:14 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – A 21-year-old member of the University of Oregon tennis team who went to Cleveland High School in Portland drowned Saturday after jumping into Blue Pool on the McKenzie River.

Alex Rovello did not surface after hitting the water with his face and upper chest after jumping from a 60-foot cliff, witnesses told Deputies.

Friends and bystanders tried to save Rovello but were unsuccessful because of the deep and frigid 37-degree water, said Sgt. Dave Lawler with the Linn County Sheriff’s Office.

A witness had to run more than two miles to get cell service to call 9-1-1. Dive teams and deputies recovered Rovello’s body more than 30 feet from the surface of Blue Pool.

The popular swimming hole is on Highway 126 about two miles north of Trail Bridge Campground. Deputies said Alcohol was not a factor in the drowning.

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