Police identify woman who died while trying to save her dog

March 3rd, 2015 by Staff

The tragic incident occurred Sunday afternoon just before 3 pm.

(KSN.COM) WICHITA, Kansas – Wichita police on Monday identified a woman who died on Sunday after trying to rescue her dog from an icy pond at Chisholm Park near Woodlawn.

Police say she is 28-year-old Erika Owen.

Wichita Police Sgt. John Ryan says officials responded to a submersion call around 3 pm.

“The owner of one of the dogs went out there and tried to pull her dog away and save her dog, and she fell through the ice,” said Sgt. Ryan.

Ryan says witnesses tried to help the woman.

“There were two witnesses out here who saw it all happen, but there was nobody able to get out, she was quite aways out into the water,” said Sgt. Ryan.

Ryan says the witnesses then called 911.

Dispatch said that they were contacted moments after the woman had went into the water, and minutes later, emergency crews attempted to rescue her.

“A group of six of us went out to the ice, where the potential victim was last seen,” said Paul Gonzalez, Wichita Fire Department.

Emergency crews used rafts and a special aquatic rescue team to search for the woman and found her about just before 4 pm.

Divers were able to locate the dog floating in the water, and crews based the start of their search from that point. The dog did not survive.

The body was recovered at the bottom of the pond. The water was estimated to be about six to eight feet deep.
Brian Plank has lived near the lake for 15 years.  He was concerned to hear about the news.

“It’s hard to want to lose a pet you know, but gosh you give up your own life for your pet, that’s just a tragedy,” said Plank.

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