DISASTER AVERTED AT RIVERSIDE STATE PARK, WHEN A YOUNG
MAN RESCUED TWO SWIMMERS WHO FOUND THEMSELVES IN TROUBLE.
NEW AT 11.
HOW THAT GOOD SAMARITAN RUSHED TO HELP.
AND THE VERY REAL DANGERS THE RIVER CAN PRESENT THIS
TIME OF YEAR.
KXLY-4'S ALEX LEFRIEC JOINS US NOW, ALEX? NADINE,
I CERTAINLY WOULDN'T WANT TO BRAVE THE FRIGID WATERS
OF THE SPOKANE RIVER, AND ALTHOUGH THE SPRING RUNOFF
IS SMALL THIS YEAR, THE CURRENTS CAN STILL GET THE
BETTER OF YOU.
AND LEAVE YOU IN A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.
AROUND 4 THIS AFTERNOON, THE SPOKANE COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT
WAS CALLED TO A WATER RESCUE AT THE BOWL AND PITCHER
INSIDE RIVERSIDE STATE PARK.
We had our full water reponse team, including valley
fire department and district 9 responded.
2 WOMEN HAD BEEN SWIMMING WHEN THE CURRENT TOOK THEM
AS IT TURNS OUT, THE FIRE DEPARTMENT WASN'T NEEDED
they weren't that far away, but they were going downriver
so it was easy to catch up with them.
NINTEEN YEAR OLD JONAH MYERS HAD BEEN ROCK JUMPING
WITH HIS FRIENDS...
Yeah the river was really strong today so we didn't
want to get like, in the middle of it.
BUT THE WOMEN FORCED HIS HAND...
They were yelling.
At first I didn't, but then one got sucked under.
I think she hit her head pretty hard.
HE SPRANG INTO ACTION, PULLING THE SWIMMERS TO SHORE
JUST AS RESCUE CREWS ARRIVED.
BOTH WERE TRANSPORTED TO A LOCAL HOSPITAL WITH MINOR
NEITHER WERE WEARING LIFE JACKETS.
This area is probably one of the worst areas in the
river for us to swim, especially if you're not with
a life preserver.
Our reccomendation is you don't swim in this area.
ESPECIALLY THIS TIME OF YEAR.
In the spring, when the water's cold and the water's
moving fast, it's a very dangerous place.
AND FOR OUR GOOD SAMARTAN.
TODAY'S RESCUE WAS A VERY GOOD REMINDER.
Maybe you should be a little more cautious.
You know, know what you can do and what you can't
FIRE RESCUE CREWS WERE ACTUALLY CONDUCTING EXERCISES
TODAY IN ANTICIPATION OF THE UPCOMING SEASON.
IF THIS INCIDENT IS ANY INDICATION, IT SHOULD BE A
REPORTING IN THE STUDIO TONIGHT, ALEX LEFRIEC, KXLY-4