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Mother dies after rescuing 2-year-old son from Lake Powell

Mother dies after rescuing 2-year-old son from Lake Powell

(Glen Canyon National Recreation Area)



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LAKE POWELL — A mother at Lake Powell died after rescuing her 2-year-old son who fell overboard into the lake on Tuesday.

The 33-year-old woman was boating near Halls Crossing when her son fell overboard and she jumped in to rescue him, according to a press release from Glen Canyon National Recreation Area officials.

The mother was able to hold her son out of the water long enough for her brother to grab the boy from her in another boat. The woman was then pulled from the water but was unresponsive, according to the release.

CPR efforts were ultimately unsuccessful. The child was flown to Flagstaff Medical Center in stable condition for a precautionary medical evaluation.

“There are no words to convey the tragedy of losing a loved one like this,” said Teri Tucker, Acting Superintendent for Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. “Our hearts are with the family and friends of the victims during this time of unexpected pain and loss."

The incident is being investigated by the National Park Service, San Juan County Sherriff’s Office, and Utah State Parks.

Devon Dewey

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