ALABAMA -- A University of Alabama swimmer was killed when he was crushed by a wall at his home during a tornado in Tuscaloosa.
He was protecting his girlfriend when he died.
According to WIAT, the student was identified as 21-year-old John Servati.
Servati was a member of the University of Alabama swimming and diving team.
“John Servati was an extraordinary young man of great character and warmth who had a tremendously giving spirit,” UA head coach Dennis Pursley said. “During this incredibly difficult time, our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and to all who had the good fortune to know him. He will forever be in our hearts and a part of the Crimson Tide legacy.”
It was reported that Servati was taking cover with his girlfriend in his basement during the storms when flooding caused a retaining wall to collapse and crush him.
There are reports that the swimmer pushed his girlfriend to safety before being crushed.