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Inner tubers rescued from Spokane River; empty kayak spurs search along banks

UPDATED: Sat., June 3, 2017

From staff reports

Firefighters from Spokane and Spokane Valley fire departments fished a group of inner tubers out of the Spokane River on Saturday after they became entangled with a clump of low-hanging tree branches.

The tubers, who were not wearing life jackets, caught their crafts in branches near People’s Park, just west of the Peaceful Valley neighborhood. One managed to swim to shore, while the others were rescued by Spokane firefighters backed by Spokane Valley Fire.

In an unrelated incident, the sighting of a partially submerged kayak prompted an extensive search along the banks of the river.

Police and firefighters, with aerial support from a helicopter, searched the banks for several hours Saturday afternoon in the possibility that the craft’s occupant might have been dislodged and could still be in danger.

No body or passenger was found.

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