Tragedy as student female footballer drowns at park after disappearing from boat

A promising female footballer tragically drowned after getting into trouble while out on a boating trip on Saturday, witnesses have said.

Ally Slidoski, 21, of Strongsville, Ohio in the United States was one of 15 adults on the boat at East Fork Skate Park in Ohio and authorities are still trying to uncover exactly what happened to the student.

Her body was discovered in the early hours of Sunday morning in William Harsha lake where water depths can reach around 113 feet.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has launched an investigation into Ally's tragic death. An ODNR press release revealed that Ally had not been wearing a life vest at the time.

UC Soccer coach Neil Stafford said in a statement: "I am absolutely crushed for the Sidloski family, our soccer team, and the University.

"Ally was such a pillar of everything that's right about our program.

"A great student, gritty and resilient player, and a phenomenal human being – this is an immeasurable and unspeakable loss. Our hearts go out to her family and friends and we will lift them up with our fond memories of Ally."

She recently finished her Sophomore soccer season and had been sidelined due to injury, the University announced.

Ally had excelled at high school with a 4.0 grade point average, she was the All-Greater Cleveland Conference selection three times in her high school career and was named a TopCat scholar for several semesters.

She had played two games as a freshman before suffering an injury that forced her to be sidelined for the entirety of the sophomore season.

John Cunningham, the University's director of athletics has asked mourners to respect the privacy of Ally's teammates and family at this difficult time.

He added: "Our Bearcats family has suffered an extreme loss".

Ally is survived by her parents and two sisters and funeral arrangements will be announced as soon as they are finalised, university officials have said.

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