Tour Commander, 509.625.7100
Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 4:05 p.m.
At 12:07 hours on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, units from the Spokane Fire Department (SFD) were dispatched to a Water Rescue below the Maple Street Bridge. Spokane Police Department (SPD) units were first on scene and reported a 20's female in the river, approximately 25 feet from the south bank, in need of rescue.
?Downtown SFD crews were on scene within 5 minutes of dispatch and found the female to be in immediate distress. The female was wet, hypothermic and threatening to move to the shore despite advice to wait for the SFD Water Rescue Team. Fearing the female would attempt to move across the rapid current in her compromised state, SFD crews entered the river and successfully assisted the female to shore. The incident was successfully mitigated within minutes of the arrival of the SFD and the female was transported to a local hospital for evaluation for hypothermia.
There were no reported injuries to SFD personnel as a result of the incident.
The current flow of the Spokane River is 9100 cubic feet per second with a temperature of 38 degrees F.