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Woman still critical after near drowning

Mon., July 8, 2013, 10:17 a.m.

A woman is still in critical condition after being found face down in the Spokane River on Sunday.

Citizens with rafts helped Spokane County sheriff’s deputies pull her out of the water between Evergreen and Pines roads in Spokane Valley.

A release from the sheriff’s office said the woman’s husband told deputies they had been drinking and “bet each other they could swim across the river.”

A short time after they began swimming, he saw his wife go underwater and float downstream. Neither was wearing a life jacket.

Emergency crews performed CPR on the woman and were able to get her heart beating before taking her to a local hospital.

Her name has not been released.

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