Colorado Mother Dies After Saving Her 2-Year-Old Son From Drowning in Lake Powell
The 33-year-old mother was pronounced dead after 30 minutes of CPR
A Colorado mother died saving her 2-year-old son from drowning in Lake Powell, Utah.
Chelsey J. Russell and her son were in a houseboat with family in the Hall’s Crossing region of Lake Powell on Aug. 23 when the young child fell overboard. The 35-year-old mother of two jumped in the water to save her boy.
Neither were wearing a life vest.
“A family member was able to untie a smaller boat being towed from behind the houseboat and get to the mother and child before going completely under the water,” the San Juan County Sheriff said in a statement on Thursday.
“The conscious child was rescued from atop the mother’s chest; however, the mother was unconscious when pulled from the water.”
Russell, an associate at law firm Welborn Sullivan Meck & Tooley in Denver, was pronounced dead after CPR was administered for 30 minutes.
“Chelsey was an amazing mother, an exceptional legal talent, an extraordinary athlete, a loyal and generous friend, and left us all better for knowing her. She is sorely missed,” the law firm stated on its website.
Russell’s toddler was released from a hospital in Flagstaff, Arizona after it was determined he was in stable condition, according to local reports.