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Man talks to KHQ after being rescued from river

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A man visiting Spokane is safe after firefighters and emergency teams raced into the Spokane River at Riverside State Park, pulling him to shore after his boat flipped on some rocks. Firefighters say they train all the time for cases like this one because they are far too common.

What started out as a typical day for Spokane resident Jeromy Brown to go hiking, quickly turned into calling 911. "I seen the same kayak tipped over and the gentleman was no longer in the kayak," said Brown. In fact, he was floating behind it. "He looked tired, he wasn't waving his arms or anything," said Brown. There was no time to waste so Brown stepped in and helped. "He was in distress. We pulled his kayak out of the river. Because he couldn't hear, I was yelling to him and I just gave him a thumbs up and a thumbs down and he gave me a thumbs down," said Brown.

An exhausted Keith Shatto imagined he must have been in the river for 30 minutes before help came. "I just hit a rock and got upset and couldn't get back in the boat," said Shatto.

   

The avid kayaker visiting from West Virginia just says, "I'm fine, maybe just a little embarrassed," said Shatto.

He's grateful that everyone was watching his back. Shatto was wearing a life jacket and was evaluated at the scene. He did not need to be taken to the hospital.

Fire crews want to remind everyone to wear a life jacket out on the water and to make sure they travel with another person or group of people.

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