A search resumed Tuesday in Alaska for a woman who found herself under the ice of the frozen Eagle River while trying to save her beloved dog and has not been seen since, officials said .
Alaska State Troopers identified the woman Tuesday as Amanda Richmond, 45, of the Eagle River community, about 12 miles northeast of downtown Anchorage.
She disappeared Saturday afternoon under the ice of the frozen Eagle River as she and her husband tried to rescue one of their dogs, which had wandered into an area of open water, according to police and a statement from her husband.
The Alaska Diving Search, Rescue and Recovery Team; Solstice Search and Rescue K9 Team; and Alaska Wildlife Troopers resumed their search at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, troopers said in a statement.
Efforts to contact Richmond’s family were not immediately successful. Her sister, Jennifer Richmond, provided a statement from Amanda Richmond’s husband to NBC affiliate KTUU in Anchorage.
Their dog, Groot, was more than just a pet, her husband Brian Rogers said in the release.
“She didn’t step in to save ‘just a dog,’ she was a family member,” Rogers said. He told him and their four children: “She died a hero.”
The dog has not been found, an Alaska State Troopers spokesperson said.
The dog was drinking water from an opening in the ice when he fell, Rogers said. He said in the release that he thought he saw a paw under the ice, went into the water and reached out to try to grab it and that Richmond also went in the water to try to save their pet.
“To all those who wonder why we intervened to save our dog, I can only answer: our instinct took over and we entered without thinking. Amanda loved her dogs almost as much as our children, they were our family,” Rogers said in the release.
Richmond, a nurse, was the mother of four children. “She improved the lives of so many people,” Rogers said in the statement to KTUU.
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