FAIRVIEW, Ore. – Divers recovered the body of a 20-year-old man who drowned in Blue Lake Monday afternoon.
He was identified by the Multnomah County medical examiner's office Tuesday morning as Noorullah Tajik of Portland.
"He was just a stand-up guy and it sucks he's gone, it's hard to think about that and what his family has to go through," said Sam Marcum, a friend of Tajik.
Tajik and a woman jumped off a rented paddle boat that was taking on water and they immediately began struggling, authorities said.
Marcum said five people were on a paddle boat made to hold four people.
A bystander saw the two people in the water and swam out to help. The bystander helped the woman get to shore, but Tajik went under the water. He did not resurface.
"I heard he was helping his girlfriend back up, and underneath her and kicking his legs and he didn't come back up when she got back into the boat," said Marcum.
"At this time we don't know if they were wearing life jackets or not," said Sgt. Brandon White with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. "It is a rule for Blue Lake Park and the rental agency for people to wear life jackets."
The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office dive team recovered the body Monday evening. Sheriff Mike Reese was also on hand.
"Apparently this was a family, community event for a bunch of family and friends to come down to Blue Lake Park and rent the paddle boats and go out and enjoy a beautiful day on the water," White said.
A family friend started a Gofundme to raise money for funeral expenses.