Former Falcon High School athlete drowns in river

 Austin Worbington / Credit: Madi Waldman
Austin Worbington / Credit: Madi Waldman (KKTV)
Published: May. 12, 2016 at 12:09 PM MDT
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Colorado Mesa University and the Falcon High School community are mourning the loss of one of their own.

Austin Worbington, of Peyton, was swept under a strong current in the Little Delores River Wednesday evening. Our sister station KKCO says he was not breathing when rescue crews reached him. Worbington was airlifted to a Grand Junction hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The Mesa County coroner said Thursday that the cause of death was drowning.

Worbington had been at the Pot Holes in Glade Park, a popular swimming area.

Worbington was a freshman Kinesiology student at Colorado Mesa University.

"Austin...was known as a positive, energetic and well-liked student. He leaves behind many friends on campus," university President Tim Foster said in an email to students and faculty.

In addition to his studies, Worbington played wide receiver for the Mavericks. He previously played for Falcon High School.

"We've always shared so many stories together, and I know there's so many stories from college that he would love to tell me and I'd love to hear and so many I wish I could share with him. But he knows, he's up there and he knows,” friend Austin Toussaint said.

Worbington, or "Worby" as his friends called him, was known for his positive energy on and off the football field.

"He possessed this ability to walk into any room and brighten it up,” said friend Christina Strauser.

"All day it's been about Austin's energy and his love for life and his passion for what he did,” Falcon High School football Coach Terry Poirier said.

Austin’s friends tell 11 News he will always have a special place in their hearts and in their community.

There will be a vigil on Saturday at 8 p.m at the Falcon High School football stadium.

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