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Colorado Mom Dies After Saving 2-Year-Old Son From Drowning

She sacrificed her life for the sake of her son.

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A mother-of-two from Lakewood, Colorado sacrificed her life to save her son from drowning Tuesday afternoon. The 35-year-old mom and lawyer held her child above water after a boat accident in Lake Powell until a relative came to their rescue.

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Chelsey Russell was on a family holiday trip aboard a houseboat that had been moving at 8mph towards the shore when she suddenly heard a scream and a splash. Her two-year-old boy fell overboard. Without thinking twice, she plunged into the lake, reached for her kid, and held him above water.

Russell’s brother stopped the vessel and jumped in after her, leaving their mom and another child in the craft. But when he realized how far apart they were because the boat had kept moving, he decided to swim back. CBS reported that he retrieved a motorboat they had been towing and had to cut its rope with a knife because the knots were so tight.

When he finally reached them, he took his nephew from his sister’s chest. Russell was already unconscious; she had been in the water for approximately five minutes.

Russell received CPR at the nearby marina, but all attempts were futile. As for the toddler, although he was in a stable condition, officials said he was airlifted to a hospital in Flagstaff, Arizona.

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San Juan County Sheriff Rick Eldredge said the boy fell off the houseboat while playing with another kid.

Neither Russell nor the toddler was wearing a life jacket, which was required for passengers below 12 years of age.

H/T: CBS, Mirror

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A Brave Girl Died Protecting Her Younger Sister During the Recent Earthquake in Italy

In the ultimate act of sacrifice, an 8-year-old girl shields her younger sister from debris when a massive earthquake rocked Italy.

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A devastating magnitude 6.2 earthquake hit central Italy last August 24 at exactly 10:33am, with up to 247 reported deaths confirmed in its wake. One of these deaths was that of a young 8-year-old girl named Giulia Renaldo whose sacrifice saved the life of her younger sister, Giorgia.

Giorgia, 4, is rescued thanks to the sacrifice of her sister, Giulia.

Giorgia, 4, is rescued thanks to the sacrifice of her sister, Giulia.

In a dramatic moment, 4-year-old Giorgia was pulled from the rubble of her home by rescue workers. Giulia had selflessly thrown herself atop her younger sister as debris fell all around them.

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Filipino Fisherman Found a Giant Pearl Worth $100Million and Kept it Under His Bed

A fisherman recently turned over a giant pearl to the authorities in Palawan, an island province in the Philippines that’s known for its rich marine life.

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Palawan, an island province in the Philippines, boasts of a wealth of marine life. About 45 percent of the fish supply in Metro Manila — the nation's capital region — comes from this area. It is rich not only because of its diverse fish population but also because of pearls. That said, a fisherman recently turned over a giant pearl to the City Tourism Office of Puerto Princesa, which is the the provincial seat of government for Palawan. He just dropped off this monster of a pearl

The over-sized pearl could easily be the biggest natural giant clam pearl in the world. It measures one foot wide, 2.2 feet long, and weighs 34 kilograms or 74.9 pounds. It would far surpass the current Guinness World record holder, the Pearl of Lao Tzu or also known as The Pearl of Allah, weighing 14 pounds, which also came from the same province in Philippines. No wonder the small country is referred to as the "Pearl of the Orient".

The Pearl of Lao Tzu, currently the largest in the world, was also found in Palawan, Philippines.

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Chinese Diver Proposes to Girlfriend After She Won the Olympic Silver Medal

He Zi thought she was just going to accept her medal at the podium, little did she know her boyfriend had something else planned!

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If you're looking for a roller coaster of emotions, just imagine what Chinese Olympic diver He Zi went through when her boyfriend suddenly went up beside her on the podium and proposed!

25 year-old He Zi and her boyfriend, 30 year-old Qin Kai, have been dating for 6 years, and both of them are accomplished divers. In fact, Qin Kai had just won a bronze medal in his own synchronized diving event the week before.

Qin Kai and his fellow diver He Chong holding their medals at the men's synchronised 3m springboard victory ceremony during the World Swimming Championships in Barcelona, July 23, 2013.

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