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Capsized kayaker pulled from the Spokane River

Emergency crews rescue a kayaker from the Spokane River this evening (Tuesday, June 10, 2014). (Jesse Tinsley)
Emergency crews rescue a kayaker from the Spokane River this evening (Tuesday, June 10, 2014). (Jesse Tinsley)

One kayaker was rescued from the Spokane River Tuesday evening while two others made it to shore by themselves.

The three were traveling together when one kayak flipped near the Sandifur Bridge, said Spokane Fire Department Battalion Chief Steve Sabo. “He was able to grab on to some weeds offshore,” Sabo said.

Rescue crews were able to quickly pull him from the river. The second kayaker was able to get to shore near the bridge while the other drifted downstream before he was able to reach shore. Crews used a power boat to get downriver to find the third.

“We had good information and good reports of where people were,” Sabo said of the quick rescue effort.

The three kayakers, who were wearing life jackets, appeared unscathed. The were not wearing wet suits. They declined to comment.



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