SAN JUAN COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) Authorities have identified a Colorado woman who died saving her child after he fell from a moving houseboat on Lake Powell Tuesday.
Chelsea Russell, 33, of Lakewood, Colo., jumped into the water after her 2-year-old son fell overboard in the Hall’s Crossing area of Lake Powell.
Russell was able to hold the boy out of the water until her brother could reach them in a smaller boat being towed from behind the houseboat. Russell was unresponsive when she was pulled from the water.
CPR began, but life-saving efforts eventually proved unsuccessful. Russell was taken the Hall’s Crossing Marina where she was pronounced dead.
The mother nor the child were wearing life jackets when they went overboard.
“A common denominator in more than 120 fatalities at Lake Powell in the last decades is that victims were not wearing life jackets, said Meri Sias, Acting Chief Ranger at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.” While life jackets are required for children 12 years of age and under, all boaters on Lake Powell are encouraged to wear life jackets.
This incident was investigated by the National Park Service, San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, and Utah State Parks.