Woman and puppy tragically drown together while on holiday

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A woman and her dog have drowned together in a tragic accident while on holiday.

Erika Seyfried, 36, of Brooklyn, New York, was reported missing on August 29 about 11am (local time) from a holiday home in Vermont.

Ms Seyfried was on holiday with her husband and dog.

Vermont State Police said she was last seen with her seven-month-old golden retriever named Jules.

She was found dead in the Saxtons River the following day, not far from where she had been staying. Jules was also found dead nearby.

Erika Seyfried, 36, pictured with her golden retriever Jules.
Erika Seyfried, 36, drowned while walking her dog Jules. Source: Vermont Police

Ms Seyfried’s death was ruled as an accidental drowning.

Vermont State Police Captain Matt Daley, head of the Vermont State Police scuba team, told local newspaper Brattleboro Reformer the current pulled Ms Seyfried to the bottom of the river, which is about 20 feet deep.

Daley believes Jules had jumped into the water and Ms Seyfried jumped in after her dog to try and save the pooch. He did, however, stress this is just a theory police have.

Ms Seyfried worked for Penguin Random House US in New York for 13 years.

A spokesperson told The Bookseller staff are “devastated”.

"Her reader-centric approach to consumers, her social media prowess, and her tireless nurturing of our authors earned her reverence throughout our company and our industry," Penguin said.

"With her forward-looking, inclusive approach to every team and project she led, Erika was the embodiment of what we all hope for in a colleague, and friend."

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