Colby student, 20, drowns while studying abroad in Chile

Posted Nov. 17, 2011, at 7:43 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 27, 2012, at 2:07 p.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — The president of Colby College has confirmed that a student has drowned while spending a semester abroad in Chile.

The college said in a statement Wednesday that 20-year-old Derrik Flahive of Littleton, Colo., was a junior global studies major and a varsity lacrosse player. President William Adams said Flahive was enrolled in the School for International Training program based in Santiago, Chile.

Chilean media say Flahive drowned after a 30-foot jump at a waterfall in the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park on Tuesday.

The Morning Sentinel reported that a community remembrance gathering is scheduled for Thursday at the school chapel. A more formal memorial service will be held after Thanksgiving.

Flahive also participated in the Colby Student Investment Association, which tries to earn positive returns for the Colby endowment, while teaching members the fundamentals of economics and finance.

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