Boy nearly drowns in Spokane River - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather

Boy nearly drowns in Spokane River

POST FALLS, Idaho - The Kootenai County Sheriff's Marine Deputies, the Post Falls Police Department and medical personnel responded to the area of Black Bay on the Spokane River drowning call around 2 p.m. Friday.

The initial investigation revealed a 5-year-old boy, from Spirit Lake was at the river with his grandmother when he inadvertently fell from a rock and into the river.

Nearby citizens responded to assist the woman and recovered the boy from the river and initiated CPR. He was transported to Kootenai Medical Center for treatment. The child's heart beat was revived and he was breathing with assistance according to medical staff. The boy will be transported to Spokane for additional treatment.

At this time the Sheriff's Department is withholding the name of the child and his parents pending further investigation. The specific depth of the water where the child fell in is unknown at this time and the water temperature is approximately 65 degrees. The child was not wearing a life jacket.

The Sheriff's Department would like to remind recreational enthusiasts to be mindful of water safety issues and take precautions on this busy holiday weekend.