Lawyer swept to her death in when she jumped into a Russian ice hole

Nella foto: Female lawyer swept to her death in front of her young children when she jumped into a Russian ice hole to mark epiphany

  • **WARNING UPSETTING CONTENT**
  • Anna Uskova, 40, was swept away in a frozen river in front of her children
  • The St Petersburg lawyer plunged into an ice hole to mark Orthodox Epiphany
  • Footage showed a strong current pull her away in the Oredezh River, Russia
  • She has been pictured for the first time as the search for her body continues
  • A lawyer who was swept to her death after she jumped through a Russian ice hole in a frozen river to mark Orthodox Epiphany has been pictured for the first time.

    Mother-of-two Anna Uskova, 40, was seen in a deeply distressing video plunging feet-first into the Oredezh River near Vyra, a village south of St Petersburg, Russia, di mercoledì, before vanishing.

    Her two young children screamed as she was pulled away by a powerful current of around 10ft a second.

    Her businessman husband Yury, 50, dived in but was unable to rescue her.

    Anna Uskova, 40, (nella foto) was swept to her death in front of her young children when she jumped into a Russian ice hole to mark epiphany

    Anna Uskova, 40, (nella foto) was swept to her death in front of her young children when she jumped into a Russian ice hole to mark epiphany

    The lawyer jumped into a frozen river to mark Christian Orthodox Epiphany on Wednesday

    The lawyer jumped into a frozen river to mark Christian Orthodox Epiphany on Wednesday

    A rectangular hole had been cut into the thick ice on the Oredezh River near Vyra, a village south of St Petersburg, Russia

    She jumped in put the strong current swept her away and she is presumed to have drowned

    A rectangular hole had been cut into the thick ice on the Oredezh River near Vyra, a village south of St Petersburg, Russia. She jumped in put the strong current swept her away and she is presumed to have drowned








    The lawyer from St Petersburg intended to dip in the waters to mark Christian Orthodox Epiphany in a tradition followed annually by hundreds of thousands of Russian believers.

    People believe that water blessed for the annual ceremony possesses special healing properties.

    Some people go into the icy waters on their own, while others often take part in the celebration in groups as they remembered the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan.

    A hole had been cut into the thick ice and the air temperature was around -5C when the Anna jumped in.

    She was in a black one-piece swimming costume and was seen crossing herself before holding her nose and hopping into the river.

    Nella foto: The St Petersburg lawyer with her husband Yury, 50, a businessman

    Nella foto: The St Petersburg lawyer with her husband Yury, 50, a businessman

    Her 10-year-old son (pictured with Anna and Yury) 14-year-old daugter watched her final moments

    Her 10-year-old son (pictured with Anna and Yury) 14-year-old daugter watched her final moments

    Anna Uskova bathing in Oredezh river, where she later drowned

    The lawyer was swept away by a strong current

    Anna Uskova bathing (sinistra) in Oredezh river, where she later drowned. The lawyer was swept away by a strong current

    The mother-of-two's body has still not been found almost a week after the accident happened

    The mother-of-two’s body has still not been found almost a week after the accident happened

    Volunteers with underwater drones will now try to find her corpse, which was swept under the ice

    Volunteers with underwater drones will now try to find her corpse, which was swept under the ice

    A man believed to be the woman's husband, 50, jumped in to try to save her but was unable to find her

    A man believed to be the woman’s husband, 50, jumped in to try to save her but was unable to find her








    A rescue team that included divers was dispatched to the scene but they were unable to find the woman's body

    A rescue team that included divers was dispatched to the scene but they were unable to find the woman’s body

    The river's current was thought to be moving at a rate of 10ft a second when the woman jumped in

    The river’s current was thought to be moving at a rate of 10ft a second when the woman jumped in

    A male attendant standing beside the ice hole shouted for help when he saw her swept away.

    Her distressed children, una ragazza, 14, e ragazzo, 10, were heard screaming in footage of the tragedy.

    One cried ‘Mama, Mama…', as 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 are will try find her.

    The village of Vyra is just south of St Petersburg, in the Leningrad region of Russia

    The village of Vyra is just south of St Petersburg, in the Leningrad region of Russia

    Nella foto: The Oredezh River when it is not frozen. Mr Zuyev said even in summer people often drowned in the fast-flowing river

    Nella foto: The Oredezh River when it is not frozen. Mr Zuyev said even in summer people often drowned in the fast-flowing river

    Anastasia Lunika, the swimming coach for Anna’s son, told Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper: ‘This is a very good family.

    ‘Her son comes to me for swimming, and is successful in this.

    ‘But that day Yury called me.

    ‘He was in tears, crying into the phone.

    ‘He briefly spoke about the tragedy that happened to the family.

    ‘He said that his son would not go to swimming classes temporarily, but would continue later.

    ‘His mother went under water before his eyes

    ‘I immediately asked Yuri If any help was needed, e lui ha detto di no.

    ‘But his condition is, ovviamente, Poi sono tornato alla mia macchina per prendere quel poco di equipaggiamento medico che c'era. He cried a lot.

    Experts criticised the use of an unapproved ice hold for the midnight dip.

    Alexander Zuyev, head of VOSVOD emergency rescue service, disse: ‘The woman went for a plunge in a location where there are no rescuers or appropriate lighting in an unsuitable ice hole.

    Alexander Zuyev (nella foto), head of VOSVOD emergency rescue service, criticised the placing of the ice hole at a point where the river had a strong current

    Alexander Zuyev (nella foto), head of VOSVOD emergency rescue service, criticised the placing of the ice hole at a point where the river had a strong current

    On the same day a 'safe' ice hole in the Oredezh River by Vyra village was created with rescuers and an ambulance on standby as well as a wooden frame and steps to help people in and out of the water

    On the same day a ‘safeice hole in the Oredezh River by Vyra village was created with rescuers and an ambulance on standby as well as a wooden frame and steps to help people in and out of the water

    She was ‘simply carried away with the flow’.

    The momentum of her jump took her under the ice and she could not get back.

    ‘It is one of the most dangerous rivers in Leningrad region and people drown in it every year, even in summer,’ Egli ha detto.

    Elsewhere in the village, Vyra village, near Gatchina, in Leningrad region, there was an ‘officialhole, with rescuers and paramedics on standby, as well as a wooden frame and steps to help people in and out of the water.