45-Year-Old Woman Loses Her Life on Frozen Alaskan River While Trying to Save Her Beloved Pet During a Hike

Published 12/28/2023, 8:48 AM EST

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A family from Alaska was gearing up for their celebratory anniversary hike venturing onto the North Fork Eagle River trail. Little did they know that the family jubilation would take an unimaginable turn. 45-year-old Amanda Richmond Rogers, an emergency room nurse and mother of four, lost her life while trying to save her dog. 

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The hiker reportedly disappeared while swimming through the chilly water of a frozen river. The community has been left mourning following the devastating series of events that transpired on their 18th anniversary.

Hiker’s selfless sacrifice for beloved companion

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Accompanied by her husband, Brian Rogers and two dogs, Amanda was hiking on the trail near Anchorage on December 23, Saturday. It was then that one of her dogs, Groot, fell through the icy river surface while attempting to drink water. At first, it was Brian who leaped into the river, but despite his efforts, the dog could not be rescued. 

Out of exasperation, it was Amanda who leaped into action and Brian stated, “I turned around and Amanda was getting into the water. I knew from the look on her face she was going in to save our dog.” The hiker, being professionally established as a nurse, made the split-second decision to plunge into the freezing water.

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However, her rescuing efforts turned out to be fatal for her, as she soon disappeared under the ice. Even though Brian had raised an alarm, shouting at her, Amanda failed to hear him from under the water.  

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The hiker loved her dogs, considered them as part of her family, and raised them along with her four sons. On being alerted about the mishap, a rescue mission was launched with the help of collaborative efforts from multiple teams, including the Alaska Dive Search, Rescue and Recovery Team, the Solistice Search, the Rescue K9 Team, and the Alaska Wildlife Troopers. 

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However, no matter how sincere the rescue teams had been in their efforts, at around 3:30 p.m., the search operations had to be put on hold due to harsh weather conditions and limited sunlight. The officials from the team had to conduct a thorough investigation of the spot where she went missing and accordingly decide on a strategy to steer the investigation process. A spokesperson on behalf of Alaska Troopers confirmed that the hiker was swept underneath the ice downriver. They are yet to discover the body but are now presuming the hiker to be dead. 

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Since Alaska has only about five and a half hours of daylight each day, the rescue team resorts to the assistance of a helicopter for aerial view as well as search dogs to leave no stone unturned. The loss of a hiker who had been a caring mother has left a profound emptiness among those who knew her. In the name of love and compassion, she made an immense sacrifice.  

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