Update: The victim has been identified as Wayne O. Pennington Jr, 43, of Post Falls. Initial investigation found he had been snorkeling in the river by himself, just upstream from the Corbin Park boat launch.
The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the drowning of a swimmer at Corbin Park on the Spokane River this morning. Initial reports indicate that at approximately 11 a.m., responders were summoned to the Corbin Park area after a report from citizens that the swimmer was calling for help from the river. Sheriff’s Office Emergency Divers and Marine units responded to the area and were eventually able to find a man floating down stream about ¼ mile below the Pleasantview Bridge, nearly a mile downstream from Corbin Park. The man was unresponsive and CPR was initiated immediately. He was transported by boat back to Corbin Park where he was transferred to a waiting ambulance and to Kootenai Medical Center. CPR was still in progress when they left Corbin Park. His status at this time is unknown. Further updates and identity of the victim will be released after family has been notified/Major Ben Wolfinger, Kootenai County Sheriff's Department. (Scanner Traffic coverage here)