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Search called off for man reported in river

UPDATED: Thu., June 16, 2011, 11 p.m.

After an hour of scouring the Spokane River from the water, the land and the air for a man reportedly in the water, rescue crews have called off the search.

City of Spokane marine rescuers were dispatched at 9:50 p.m. to an area near Magnolia Street and South Riverton Drive for a report of a man in the river. A marine rescue unit from Spokane Valley also responded, as did a MedStar helicopter, which used thermal imaging to try to find the man. By 10:50, said Brian Schaeffer, Spokane Fire Department Assistant Chief, crews had not found the missing man.

“It’s extremely cold,” Shaeffer said. “The water is fast, quickly running. … We’ll probably call it off.”

It was not known whether the man fell or jumped into the river, officials said. He was described as a white man in his 20s, wearing a gray shirt and black pants.