Rafter rescued from Spokane River

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on September 1, 2013 at 6:52 AM

Updated Sunday, Sep 1 at 7:00 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Emergency crews pulled a man out of the Spokane River Saturday.

Firefighters responded to a report of a man in the Spokane River Saturday afternoon at the area known as the Devil’s toe-nail along Centennial Trail.  The victim was located about 20 feet from the east side of the river hanging onto a large rock in the middle of some swift rapids.

A witness reported he saw a four-man tube hit rapids on the river and capsize.

Shore base crews were positioned to retrieve the victim if he were to let go while units of the Spokane and Spokane Valley Water Rescue Teams launched their Kayaks.  The Kayak crews were able to successfully rescue the victim and delivered him to personnel on shore.

“We didn't realize how many rocks there were and how fast the rapids got right away,” said rescued rafter Robert Dadourian.  “We tried steering through and couldn't get through."

Dadourian also said the rafters were all wearing life-jackets.
No one was injured.  Dadourian did not require any medical treatment at the scene.

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