Rafters rescued after 4 hours stuck in Little Spokane River

Rafters rescued after 4 hours stuck in Little Spokane River

Rafters rescued after 4 hours stuck in Little Spokane River

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on August 9, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Updated Thursday, Aug 9 at 5:32 PM

NORTH SPOKANE-- Rescue crews saved two stuck rafters along the Little Spokane River late Wednesday night in North Spokane County.

Spokane Fire District 9 Deputy Chief Jack Cates said a couple was floating down the Little Spokane River miles west from the Spokane Country Club when their raft deflated, leaving the rafters stuck near Rutter Parkway.

Around 10 p.m., Cates said the two tried to walk out of the river to the nearby Rutter Parkway. The man got out and flagged down a driver to call 911. The woman got stuck waist deep in mud.

Cates said rescue teams had to use a chainsaw to cut their way more than 100 yards to the woman. Crews used backboards to keep from sinking deep into the swampy water and mud.

One rafter was treated for mild hypothermia at the scene.

Authorities say neither was wearing a life jacket.
 

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