BREAKING: Mother Drowns Saving Her 2 Year Old Son


The bond between a mother and child is something pretty incredible. News out of Lake Powell, while tragic, proves just that.

A family lost their mother, Chelsey Russell, when she jumped into Lake Powell on Tuesday when her 2-year-old son went overboard.  Despite not wearing a life jacket, she was able to hold her child above water long enough for a family member to rescue him.  She however was not so fortunate. The 33-year-old mom from Lakewood, Colorado drowned while saving her son’s life.

The incident occurred when the mother and son were on a houseboat when the son went overboard.  Police state that a “significant distance” grew between the two and the boat.  The family member who saved the child untied a smaller boat from the houseboat and made it to Chelsey where she was able to rescue the conscious son but unable to save the mother.

“The conscious child was rescued from atop the mother’s chest however; the mother was unconscious when pulled from the water,” according to the press release.


CPR was attempted on Russell after being pulled from the water but she was pronounced dead after efforts to revive her failed.

Besides being a loving mother, Russell is listed as an associate at al law firm, Wellborn, Sullivan, Meck & Tooley.  The first posted the following statement after her loss:


“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.”

Her son was flown to Flagstaff Medical Center for further evaluation but confirmed to be in stable condition.

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