SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - A woman was pulled out of the Spokane River at Mirabeau Park Sunday afternoon by two people who swimming in the river. The woman, in her early to mid 30’s, was transported to the hospital and remains in critical condition.
The Spokane County Sheriff's Office responded to reports of a woman floating in the water at 2:10pm. Spokane Valley Police officers also arrived on scene and began CPR on the woman after the two boaters moved the woman to shore.
Authorities said the husband told them that they had been drinking and had bet each other they could swim across the river. He said his wife went under water shortly after they started swimming and started floating downstream.
The initial call to 911 was made by a man using the Centennial Trail who was approached by the victim’s husband who pleaded for the man to call for help.
Responding police officers sighted the woman drifting down river. After she was taken to shore, the officers performed approximately 15 minutes of CPR and other treatment before transporting her to the hospital.
Neither the woman nor her husband were wearing flotation devices at the time.