A 33-year-old mother, Chelsey J. Russell of Lakewood Colorado, died while rescuing her two-year-old son who had fallen into Lake Powell, Utah, from a boat they were travelling in. The whole family was out boating on the landmark lake when the 2 year old boy fell overboard. Chelsey jumped in after him to save him from drowning while other family members tried to stop the houseboat they were in and turn it around to pick both of them up.
Although the entire ordeal lasted just a few minutes, by the the time family members had reached the mother and son, Chelsey was unconscious. Neither she nor her son had been wearing life jackets at the time of the incident.
Miraculously, she had managed to place her son on her chest with the little boy’s head was above the waterline and he was able to breathe.
Eventually Chelsey and her son were pulled back into the boat, at which point family members began performing CPR on her. The family reached the shore a short time later where attempts to resuscitate Chelsey continued, but she was pronounced dead a short time later.
The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office gave a little further explanation as to why it took so long for the family to turn their boat around and pick Chelsey and the boy up.
“A significant distance developed between the mother and child and the houseboat before the houseboat could be shut down’, a report posted to social media stated.
Deputies said a Chelsey’s brother then untied a smaller boat being towed by the houseboat in an attempt to reach the pair of them faster but by that time Chelsey was completely under the water. She was able to hold her son above water long enough for him to be rescued.xx The …Read More
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