River rescue in Spokane Valley

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by COLE HEATH & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on June 9, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 9 at 8:02 PM

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -- A man was rescued Sunday afternoon from the Spokane River after his kayak flipped over.

According to the Spokane valley Fire Department, a 51-year-old man was navigating a rapid when his kayak filled with water and capsized. He was swept downstream and was unable to reach the shore.

A Swift Water Rescue team was sent out just before 3:30 p.m. to E. Indiana Ave where witnesses reported seeing the man. The responders made contact with the man as he approached the North Sullivan Road Bridge but couldn't reach him with their equipment. Spokane Valley Fire Department rescuers in kayaks were able to reach the man and get him to safety.

The man did not need medical attention and he was wearing appropriate floatation equipment. Authorities said this gave him a great level of protection from drowning.
 

 

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