Water Rescue Search Suspended - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Water Rescue Search Suspended

UPDATE: The missing 17-year-old boy has been found. Friends of the boy were watching the news when they called in to authorities to tell them that the teen was found and had returned to Idaho with his father.

Sheriff's Office employees have been in contact with the family and verified that the young man is home and is safe.

PREVIOUS COVERAGE:

At approximately 7:45 PM this evening Spokane Valley Fire Department crews were called out to a reported teenager lost in the Spokane river between Barker and Harvard roads.  The reporting party stated he was approached by 3 teenagers who stated their friend, a 17 year old male, had fallen off a tube while all of them were floating the river and was missing.  They also stated the incident occurred approximately 30 minutes prior to their report.  None of the teenagers were wearing a personal floatation device (PFD.)   

Swift water rescue units from the Spokane Valley Fire Department and Spokane Fire Department immediately deployed.  The dive team and helicopter unit from the Spokane Sheriff's office also deployed.  Crews searched the river from Harvard road to west of the town of Millwood; including both sides of the river.  The search was called off at approx 9:40 PM due to darkness.  No one was found and the Sheriff is continuing to investigate.  In the morning the Sheriff will decide whether to resume the search or not.  

 

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