HELENA — David Delcomte, the 17-year-old Great Falls boy who died while cliff jumping into the Missouri River north of Helena on Saturday afternoon, was a senior-to-be at Great Falls CMR and played outside linebacker on the football team.
Delcomte also played for the Great Falls Fury club lacrosse team, according to the Great Falls Tribune.
"He wasn't just a football player or lacrosse player, he was a great all-around kid," CMR coach Gary Lowry told Karl Puckett of the Tribune. "He was always the front of the line to volunteer for Special Olympics, or the first to help a lady find her lost dog."
Lowry told the Tribune that news of Delcomte's death has hit the team hard.
"I told the kids to remember the good things about David," Lowry said. And that won't be hard, because he didn't have very many bad things to remember."
Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton said Delcomte jumped off a roughly 40-foot cliff while boating with his family near Gates of the Mountains just before 3 p.m. An outcrop of rocks was not visible from the surface, Dutton said.
"His father dove in after David did not surface and made a valiant effort to find his son, but to no avail," Dutton said.
There is no cellphone service in the area, Dutton said, but a Gates of the Mountains tour boat was passing by and radioed for help.
Search and rescue divers later found Delcomte's body in about 30 feet of water just south of Mann Gulch, Dutton said.
Delcomte's cause of death has not yet been determined as of Saturday afternoon. An autopsy in Missoula is planned.
"He'll be missed by a lot of people," Lowry told the Tribune.