Chelsey Russell: Facts About Mom Who Died Saving Son From Drowning
The 33-year-old mother who died in an attempt to save her two-year-old son has been identified.Advertisement
CPR was administered on Chelsey J. Russell for 30 minutes, but she was declared dead, according to a statement from the San Juan Sheriff’s Office.
As reported by FOX 13 Now, Russell was on a houseboat on the waters of Lake Powell when her two-year-old child went overboard. Russell jumped into the water to rescue her son but had swum a “significant distance” from her vessel before it could be stopped. She held her son above the water long enough to save him.
Chelsey Russell: Mother was unconscious when pulled from the water
“The conscious child was rescued from atop the mother’s chest however; the mother was unconscious when pulled from the water,” the press release said.
After Russell was pulled out from the water, CPR was administered to her. She was taken to the Hall’s Crossing Marina but was pronounced dead, as reported by the Gephardt Daily. The child, meanwhile, was transported to the Flagstaff Medical Center in a stable condition and for a precautionary medical evaluation.
Russell worked as an associate at the law firm Welborn, Sullivan, Meck & Tooley. Describing her as “an amazing mother, an exceptional legal talent, an extraordinary athlete, a loyal and generous friend,” the firm said she will be sorely missed.
Chelsey Russell a ‘mother beyond words’
“After graduating with a BSBA in General Business from the University of Denver, she worked her way from land associate to landman for a local oil and gas exploration and development company,” the firm said on its website.
Lydia Tomlinson, Russell’s sister-in-law, described the victim as “a mother beyond words.”
“[Russell’s] last act was that of a mother desperately trying to, and succeeding in, saving her son’s life. Her children will remember her as the hero she was.”