Mum makes ultimate sacrifice rescuing her 2-year-old son after falling in a lake.

A 35-year-old mother from Colorado died while rescuing her 2-year-old son, who fell overboard in a Utah lake, according to authorities.

The tragic accident happened when the mum had been boating with her family at Lake Powell in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, according to a National Park Service (NPS) news release on the same day, reports ABC news.

At one point, the 2-year-old boy suddenly fell overboard, and his mother, Chelsey Russell, immediately jumped into the lake.

She held her son above the water until her brother, who was in another boat, came by and pulled them out, the NPS said. The 2-year-old was OK and in stable condition but flown to a nearby medical center in for a precautionary medical evaluation.

The mother was unconscious when she was pulled from the water. CPR efforts were immediately started on the boat. Responding park rangers continued resuscitation efforts but were ultimately unsuccessful, the NPS said. It added that the “cause of death is presumed to be drowning, but is pending coroner’s confirmation.”

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  • Unfortunately the lady may have not breathed enough air into her lungs before going under the water. I heard about a guy who did that, held his breath as he was trying see how long he could stay underwater and lost consciousness because of it. Alteratively she may have inhaled a lot of water while rescuing her little boy. Regardless it is a tragedy which will have to be investigated to determine the cause. Sympathy to the family.


  • Well, of COURSE you’d go in after your kd. Still brave and tragic, though.


  • How shocking. My deepest condolences to this family for their tragic loss.


  • Oh my gosh, so sad :( RIP beautiful lady x


  • Oh, poor woman! :-( What a difficult moment for his family!


  • Aw how tragic !! May God be with this family and bless them !


  • Nothing short of what any other mum would have done. So sad being so close to rescue but not quite making it


  • oh how sad, a parent will always put their child’s life before their own


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