POST FALLS, Idaho - Saturday at about 12:15 pm, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a kayaker in distress on the Spokane River below the Post Falls Dam east of Corbin Park.
The Sheriff’s Recreation Safety Section and Dive Rescue Team responded to the scene and were able to locate 52-year-old Richard J. Thomas from Hayden, Idaho whose kayak had taken on water and overturned. Luckily, Thomas was wearing a life jacket at the time.
Utilizing specialized equipment, Thomas and his kayak were transported to shore.
A kayak belonging to Thomas' wife was late found down river. She had already made it safely to shore near Corbin Park.
The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind people that even though the weather is warm, the water is still very cold and the rivers are high and flowing fast.
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