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Who was Anna Uskova?
Anna Uskova, a 40-year-old mother of two, was seen in a deeply distressing video diving feetfirst into the Oredezh River near Vyra, a town south of St. Petersburg, Russia, on Wednesday, before disappearing.
Her two young children screamed as she was swept away by a powerful current of about 10 feet per second.
Her husband, businessman Yury, 50, dived but could not rescue her.
The St. Petersburg lawyer intended to plunge into the waters to mark the Orthodox Christian Epiphany in a tradition followed annually by hundreds of thousands of Russian believers.
People believe that the water blessed for the annual ceremony has special healing properties.
Some people enter the icy waters alone, while others often join in the celebration as a group remembering Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan River.
A hole had been cut in the thick ice and the air temperature was around -5°C when Anna jumped.
She was wearing a black one-piece swimsuit and was seen crossing herself before holding her nose and jumping into the river.
In the picture: the lawyer from St. Petersburg with her husband Yury, 50, a businessman
Her 10-year-old son Her 14-year-old daughter saw her last moments.
Anna Uskova bathing in the Oredezh River, where she later drowned. The lawyer was swept away by a strong current.
The body of the mother of two has still not been found almost a week after the accident.
Volunteers with underwater drones will now try to find her body, which was swept under the ice.
A man believed to be the woman’s husband, aged 50, jumped in to try to save her but was unable to find her.
A rescue team including divers was dispatched to the scene but were unable to find the woman’s body.
The river current was thought to be moving at a speed of 10 feet per second when the woman jumped
A male attendant standing by the ice hole yelled for help as she saw her being taken away.
His anguished children, a 14-year-old girl and a 10-year-old boy, were heard screaming in the images of the tragedy.
One shouted ‘Mama, mama…’, while a woman tried in vain to comfort them.
Repeated dives by state rescuers failed to find the woman’s body, and now volunteers with underwater drones will try to find her.