CMU football player drowns at Pot Holes in Glade Park

Published: May. 12, 2016 at 12:51 PM MDT
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A Colorado Mesa University football player died in a drowning accident Wednesday at the Pot Holes on the Little Delores River in Glade Park, according to the Mesa County Coroner's Office and Colorado Mesa University.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office reported Austin Worbington of Petyon, Colorado, stopped breathing after he was swept under the strong currents in the river around 7 p.m.

Worbington was taken to St. Mary's Hospital via CareFlight. The Mesa County Sheriff's Office assisted the Grand Junction and Glade Park fire departments in rescue efforts.

Toxicology results show no presence of alcohol, but did indicate marijuana use, according to the Mesa County Coroner's Office. However, marijuana can be detected several days after use, so there's now way to determine the exact time frame of exposure.

The coroner said there was no evidence on scene or history of marijuana use found during the day of the incident.

Worbington was a freshman studying kinesiology and also played wide receiver on the football team.

Tim Foster, the president of Colorado Mesa University, announced the news to faculty and students Thursday morning.

The university has set up counseling services for students from 10:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m. in the Grand Mesa Multi-Purpose Room and throughout the day in Lowell Heiny Hall, Room 109. Students can also contact counselors at 970-248-1366.