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SPOKANE, Wash. - Two men who were thrown in the Spokane River after their canoe tipped are out of the water. The canoe capsized on the river upstream from where Barker road crosses the river. The men hung off the side of the canoe and were eventually able to make it to shore on their own. The incident was reported shortly before 6 p.m. and the men were reported to be out of the water by 6:30 p.m.

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For boaters, rafters and kayakers, a sudden unexpected wake or other "unbalancing event" can send them into frigid water. Although the possibility of drowning from falling into the water is a real threat, so too is hypothermia. 

More information on drowning prevention is available on the Health District's website: Posted on 2 pages: http://www.srhd.org/topics/drowning.asp and http://www.srhd.org/services/waterrec.asp

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