Police officer saves drowning man from Spokane River

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 9 at 6:34 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Spokane Police said one of their officers helped save a man who was drowning in the Spokane River Monday morning.

It happened near the Division Street Bridge at 10:00 a.m. Authorities said Officer Bruce Palmer grabbed a life-saving ring from the Red Lion River Inn hotel pool and threw it to the man struggling in the water. He just happened to be in the area and saw the man struggling.

"I could just barely see his head, kind of floating and a couple times his head went under the water,” said Palmer.

The man grabbed on to the ring. A rescue team on the Division Street Bridge took turns guiding a rope so they could help the man to shore.

"It was pretty incredible to be there, timing is everything,” said Palmer.

The man was taken to the hospital for evaluation but is expected to make a full recovery.

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