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Teen dies after being pulled from Spokane River

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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."

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