UPDATE: Girlfriend speaks about kayaker's death at Harrison Bay
Christopher Goodine and his girlfriend, Ashleigh Renko, were swimming and kayaking, when Goodine drowned at Harrison Bay State Park.
UPDATE: Channel 3 is learning more about the man who died while kayaking on Sunday from his girlfriend.
Twenty-seven-year-old Christopher Goodine died after his kayak tipped over and he fell in the water.
Goodine and his girlfriend, Ashleigh Renko, were swimming and kayaking, when Goodine drowned at Harrison Bay State Park.
A TWRA spokesperson said investigators don't know exactly how he drowned. The spokesperson said people at the marina nearby saw him struggling to swim.
Eric Crawford was one of about 20 people who jumped in to try and help.
"Heard commotion coming from across the inlet, and then we heard somebody yelling call 911,” Crawford recalled. “So a few of us jumped in the water to go see if we could help."
Goodine was about 20 yards from the shore and in about 10 feet of water.
He did not have on a life jacket, and there was not one on the kayak.
Goodine's girlfriend, Ashleigh Renko, is still trying to figure out how to deal with the loss.
Renko told Channel 3:
"Chris was everything to me. We were always trying new things and he was so supportive. Everyone around him loved him. He lit up a room everywhere he went."
A spokesperson for TWRA said kayakers are not required to wear a life jacket. However, they do recommend wearing one anytime you are in open water.
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PREVIOUS STORY: Crews found the body of 27-year-old Christopher Goodine from Ooltewah on Sunday.
Divers found him in around ten feet of water around 6:15 p.m. He disappeared earlier in the day after tipping his kayak and falling into the water.
Goodine was at the state park with his girlfriend swimming and kayaking at a popular swimming area near the marina.
PREVIOUS STORY: A 27-year-old man from Ooltewah is missing and presumed dead after tipping his kayak and falling into the water at Harrison Bay State Park.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said a phone call came in about the incident just after 3:00 pm Sunday.
The man and his girlfriend were kayaking and swimming near the Harrison Bay State Park Marina.
"Witnesses told TWRA officers that the man was about 20 yards from shore in ten feet of water when he fell off the kayak and struggled," a TWRA spokesperson explained.
An off-duty Chattanooga police officer and a Harrison Bay State Park ranger searched for the man in the water, but he did not resurface. He was not wearing a life jacket.
Special Tactics & Rescue Service, Dallas Bay Fire Rescue and the Highway 58 Fire Department responded. Divers are currently searching and the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is currently utilizing a remote operated vehicle to search for the missing man," a TWRA spokesperson added.
Stay with Channel 3 for the latest updates.
PREVIOUS STORY: The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is responding to a boating-related incident at Harrison Bay State Park.
Dispatch told Channel 3 the call is for a possible drowning.
The call for help came from the 8400 block of Harrison Bay Road around 2:45 pm.
Details are limited at this time.
Stay with Channel 3 for updates as we learn more.