Teen dies after being pulled from Spokane River - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Teen dies after being pulled from Spokane River

Posted: Updated:
A teenager was pulled from the Spokane River Friday afternoon. A teenager was pulled from the Spokane River Friday afternoon.
SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. -

A 19-year-old man is dead after drowning in the Spokane River in Spokane Valley just off of Upriver Drive. First responders got the call just before 1 o'clock in the afternoon Friday and say the teen tried to swim across the river. Witnesses on the scene tell KHQ the victim's family members tried to save him once they saw that he was drowning.

"I just heard someone screaming, 'Help! Help! Someone is drowning," says Michelle Brown who came to the river with her daughter. She quickly ran to see what was wrong and found two people trying to help pull the man out of the water.

"They grabbed him and pulled him up but I guess he was too heavy, so they had to let him go."

First responders were on scene within minutes but weren't able to pull the victim out of the water for nearly half an hour. Once out, they began life saving procedures and sent him in an ambulance to the hospital where he later died.

"I've been here so long," says Brown. "I've never really seen anything like this before."

Brown tells KHQ this serves as a reminder of how dangerous the river can be.

"I won't let my daughter out of sight, even when she's grown, I won't."

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Spokane sex trafficking victim gets second chance as shop owner

    Spokane sex trafficking victim gets second chance as shop owner

    Tuesday, September 18 2018 8:42 PM EDT2018-09-19 00:42:17 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - From the outside, the Repeat Boutique looks like a lot of other thrift shops in Spokane.  Inside, some might describe the stuff for sale as old, used, discarded garbage -- but store manager CJ Curtis sees its potential. And just like the goods in her shop, CJ is on her way to a new life, one far from the one she once lived. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - From the outside, the Repeat Boutique looks like a lot of other thrift shops in Spokane.  Inside, some might describe the stuff for sale as old, used, discarded garbage -- but store manager CJ Curtis sees its potential. And just like the goods in her shop, CJ is on her way to a new life, one far from the one she once lived. 

    >>
  • Police impersonator attempts to pull over Spokane woman

    Police impersonator attempts to pull over Spokane woman

    Monday, September 17 2018 8:45 PM EDT2018-09-18 00:45:37 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - "He told me to pull over, and my jaw just dropped," a Spokane woman, who says a fake police officer tried to pull her over, doesn't want to be named. In fear, this could happen again. "It really scared me and kind of threw me off that night. I don't even want to drive by myself anymore," she said. She tells me that she was driving around North Spokane at night on her way home from work. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - "He told me to pull over, and my jaw just dropped," a Spokane woman, who says a fake police officer tried to pull her over, doesn't want to be named. In fear, this could happen again. "It really scared me and kind of threw me off that night. I don't even want to drive by myself anymore," she said. She tells me that she was driving around North Spokane at night on her way home from work. 

    >>
  • Former WSU Volleyball player files official complaint against Jason Gesser

    Former WSU Volleyball player files official complaint against Jason Gesser

    Tuesday, September 18 2018 9:59 PM EDT2018-09-19 01:59:44 GMT

    A former volleyball player for Washington State University says Jason Gesser made sexual advances toward her during a charity event for the athletic department. "I thought I did something wrong, I thought that I could hurt their family," said Alyssa Wold-Bodeau. "So I chose to hide it, I chose to bury it, and I thought if it was just me and I only knew about it I could just deal with it and move on to protect them." Wold- Bodeau told the Spokesman-Review that Ges...

    >>

    A former volleyball player for Washington State University says Jason Gesser made sexual advances toward her during a charity event for the athletic department. "I thought I did something wrong, I thought that I could hurt their family," said Alyssa Wold-Bodeau. "So I chose to hide it, I chose to bury it, and I thought if it was just me and I only knew about it I could just deal with it and move on to protect them." Wold- Bodeau told the Spokesman-Review that Ges...

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Idaho regulators set new timeline for Avista-Hydro One deal

    Idaho regulators set new timeline for Avista-Hydro One deal

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 12:43 PM EDT2018-09-19 16:43:18 GMT

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Idaho utility regulators have set a new schedule for a hearing on the proposed $5.3 billion sale of Avista Corp. to Hydro One.    The Idaho Public Utilities Commission approved the new schedule for deliberations on Tuesday, saying they may not be ready to make a decision on the sale by mid-December.

    >>

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Idaho utility regulators have set a new schedule for a hearing on the proposed $5.3 billion sale of Avista Corp. to Hydro One.    The Idaho Public Utilities Commission approved the new schedule for deliberations on Tuesday, saying they may not be ready to make a decision on the sale by mid-December.

    >>
  • WATCH: Mountain lion goes inside hotel

    WATCH: Mountain lion goes inside hotel

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 12:07 PM EDT2018-09-19 16:07:55 GMT

    A mountain lion in Boulder, Colorado, may have been looking for a place to lay down.  Surveillance video captured the feline going into a motel on September 9th.  The big cat entering the motel before quickly leaving.  It's the third mountain lion incident in Boulder in the last month and a half.  In August, a lion killed a house cat inside a home.  A second lion was tranquilized and moved from under a porch.  Thankfully, no one was injured. Moun...

    >>

    A mountain lion in Boulder, Colorado, may have been looking for a place to lay down.  Surveillance video captured the feline going into a motel on September 9th.  The big cat entering the motel before quickly leaving.  It's the third mountain lion incident in Boulder in the last month and a half.  In August, a lion killed a house cat inside a home.  A second lion was tranquilized and moved from under a porch.  Thankfully, no one was injured. Moun...

    >>
  • Trump: Not concerned about Manafort cooperation

    Trump: Not concerned about Manafort cooperation

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 11:29 AM EDT2018-09-19 15:29:18 GMT

    President Donald Trump says he's not concerned about what his former campaign chairman is telling investigators in the Russia probe.    Trump says that if Paul Manafort tells the truth to special counsel Robert Mueller's team then he doesn't see a problem. Trump also batted away a question about whether he was considering a pardon for Manafort, saying he didn't want to talk about it now.   

    >>

    President Donald Trump says he's not concerned about what his former campaign chairman is telling investigators in the Russia probe.    Trump says that if Paul Manafort tells the truth to special counsel Robert Mueller's team then he doesn't see a problem. Trump also batted away a question about whether he was considering a pardon for Manafort, saying he didn't want to talk about it now.   

    >>