Denver mom dies trying to save son while tubing in Clear Creek in Golden

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GOLDEN, Colo. — A mother is dead after a tubing accident in Golden.

Witnesses told the Golden Police Department that the 31-year-old was trying to save her son after the water’s current pushed him from his tube into Clear Creek on Sunday.

Police said the creek was not at a dangerous level that would prompt a closure during the incident.

The death marks the second tubing death in Golden this year. Police identified Sunday’s victim as Amber Raye Presson of Denver.

Police were called to Clear Creek just east of Sixth Avenue about 1:15 p.m. as people rushed to pull a screaming 11-year-old boy and his mom from the water.

“We heard like the emergency response and all that,” a kayaker said.

The boy who was pulled to safety was not injured. Presson was recovered unconscious, according to police.

A doctor was among the good Samaritans who performed CPR as 911 was called. Paramedics declared Presson dead at the scene.

“This is just a tragic situation,” Golden police Capt. Joe Harvey said.

Witnesses told police Presson might have hit her head before going under water.

Officers strongly recommend people wear headgear and safety vests — advice many people don’t follow.

“You have to understand the surface underneath is going to be slippery,” Harvey said. “The current is going to be rapid.”

In order for Clear Creek to close, police said the water would need to be much colder or be moving two to three times faster than it was Sunday.

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