PRESS RELEASE FROM THE SPOKANE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE: On April 16th, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office Emergency Operations Team responded to a call of a canoeist overturned on Long Lake near the Nine Mile dam. Today's incident was the 19th call out this year for the Sheriff's Office EOT.
The incident involved a 32-year-old male attempting to go fishing in his parents' 12' canoe. The canoeist was not familiar with the swift moving water and overturned shortly after launching his canoe.
Fortunately, the canoeist was wearing a life jacket and was swept nearly half a mile downstream before swimming to the shore. The canoeist was transported to a local medical facility for hypothermia.
The Sheriff's Office EOT wants to stress to the public that the hazards and dangers of our current water levels are extremely dangerous. Water temperatures are hovering at or near 42 degrees in the lakes and 37 degrees in the river. The following information explains steps to take if you do have any type of vessel collision on Washington State waters.
SPOKANE, Wash. - On Monday morning Spokane Fire Dist. 9 responded to a man in the Spokane River just north of the Nine Mile Falls Dam. About 30 minutes after the 911 call came in the man was found and is alive. At this hour we don't know his condition. Check back for updates here on KHQ.Com, Facebook and our Twitter news feed.
Friday, June 14 2013 1:16 PM EDT2013-06-14 17:16:21 GMT
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