Spokane Valley Fire Department units responded to a report of a man yelling for help in the middle of the Spokane River, just before 3 p.m. Monday.
The caller could see the man in the river just west of the Denny Ashlock Foot Bridge. He was not wearing a life jacket, said Melanie Rose, department spokeswoman.
As firefighters were locating the man, a passing power boat pulled him on board and took him to the north side of the river, where he was met by members of the Spokane Valley Fire Department water rescue team. Firefighters evaluated the man’s condition. He was transported to the hospital in stable condition for evaluation.
The adult man and a friend were attempting to swim across the river when the man became exhausted, unable to continue the swim and began yelling for help. He was fully clothed in long pants and shoes and had started to slip below the water when he was pulled onto the passing boat.
A total of 10 apparatus, command and support vehicles responded to the scene. No first responder injuries were reported.
Spokane Valley Fire Department would like to again urge citizens who choose to recreate on the Spokane River to exercise caution, dress appropriately and always wear a personal flotation device.
Additionally, be sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, especially during the hot summer months.