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Boy trapped under falls by log dies

SATURDAY, JULY 5, 2014, 4:05 P.M.

An 11-year-old boy who was trapped by a log underwater on Friday in a creek in southern Stevens County has died.

The boy was swimming with his family at Chamokane Falls on Chamokane Creek about 1:30 p.m. when he slid down a falls about 8-feet high and got caught by a log. He was trapped, submerged in the water under the falls, said Kurt Vandervert a Steven County Fire Protection District 1 firefighter. Chamokane Creek serves the eastern boundary of the Spokane Indian Reservation.

Wellpinit Police, Stevens County Sheriff’s Office and Steven County Fire Protection District crews worked to free the boy. He did not have a pulse when he left the scene via helicopter, Vandervert said.

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