A 31-year-old woman was killed today while trying to save her son from the waters of Clear Creek where it passes through Golden, police say.
Amber Raye Presson of Denver, was pronounced dead after being pulled from the stream just east of Sixth Avenue this afternoon, according to officials with the Golden Police Department. It appears that Presson drowned after hitting her head on rocks in the creek, Golden police Capt. Joe Harvey said, but the official cause of death will be determined by an autopsy.
Police were called out to the scene at 1:15 p.m., Harvey said.
Investigators believe Presson and her 11-year-old son entered the creek on inner tubes on the west side of Sixth Avenue. A short time later, the boy’s tube capsized and he was tossed into the water. His mother dove in after him and was able to help him for a moment, police said, but both were overtaken by the current.
“It appears she literally tried to rescue her kid. They were both sucked under,” Harvey said.
Presson resurfaced downstream and screamed for help but was sucked under again. Police believe it was at that point that the mother hit her head.
Bystanders were able to pull the woman and her son from the water just east of Sixth Avenue and quickly began performing CPR on Presson, police say. Golden police officers and park rangers then took over, before firefighters and paramedics arrived. Presson could not be saved.
The boy, whose name has not been released, was not hurt. He is now with relatives.