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Police working to piece together confusing water rescue story

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Police and firefighters are trying to piece together a confusing story after a man was rescued from the Spokane River near the TJ Meenach Bridge, found grasping a tree branch screaming for help. However, the events that led up to it have police stumped on how he actually got there. 

"He was extremely hypothermic, his body temperature was very low. He's very confused," said Brian Schaeffer from the Spokane Fire Department.

The 27-year-old man was put onto a stretcher and rushed to the hospital in critical condition. At last check, firefighters say he is now in stable condition.

"He remembers being upside down in the car and the car flooding with water," said Schaeffer. Firefighters say the man was able to tell them that he's from Montana and married. He told them he was asleep in the car while his wife was driving, but somehow, the vehicle rolled and ended up in the river. But there remains a lot of unanswered questions. How did this happen? Where did this happen?

"We have searched both north and south and have not successfully located the vehicle," said Schaeffer.

As police have tried to answer those questions, the stories told by the 27-year-old, have changed multiple times. Police say they have not been able to confirm that a car crash even happened. However, they are able to say the woman does exist and is his wife but cannot say if she was even involved in the crash to begin with.

If you witnessed anything, you are asked to give police a call.

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