By Matt Kroschel

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (CBS4)– A freshman football player at Colorado Mesa University drowned while swimming at a popular, yet dangerous area called the Potholes.

Calls for help came in Wednesday evening from Glade Park in the Grand Junction recreational area.

Austin Worbington had gone into the water and a medical helicopter was used to fly him to St. Mary’s Hospital.

Worbington, 20, did not survive.

The Potholes are a local hangout and popular area for cliff jumping. Authorities say in a typical year there are at least two incidents and one death.

Colorado Mesa University issued this statement regarding Worbington’s death: We are deeply saddened by the loss of Colorado Mesa University student Austin Worbington of Peyton, CO. Austin was a freshman studying Kinesiology, and he played wide receiver for our football team. He was known as a positive, energetic, and well-liked student. He leaves behind many friends on this campus.

Counseling services were available on campus for students today (May 12, 2016). Students may schedule an appointment with a counselor by calling 970-248-1366.

Our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences go to his family and friends.

Matt Kroschel covers news throughout Colorado working from the CBS4 Mountain Newsroom. Send story ideas to mrkroschel@cbs.com and connect with him on Twitter @Matt_Kroschel.

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