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Spokane River drowning victim ID’d

Sat., July 14, 2012, 3:08 p.m.

A 55-year-old man is dead after an apparent drowning in the Spokane River at Corbin Park in Post Falls.

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office said that at about 6:45 p.m. Friday Andy J. Anderson of Post Falls was swimming in the river had gone under water and not surfaced. Divers searched the area for about two hours and found Anderson about 100 yards downstream.

Anderson’s body was in about 43 feet of water in a strong eddy. A sheriff’s spokesman said in a news release that strong eddies are common in that part of the river.

The incident marked the second suspected drowning in a week in Kootenai County. August “A.J.” Marksworth died Friday after being pulled from an old mill pond at Spirit Lake on Wednesday.

The sheriff’s office said the Spokane River below Post Falls dam can be dangerous, with deep holes, swirling currents and undertows. Swimmers are urged to wear flotation devices “in general and particularly on the Spokane River in this area,” the news release said.

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