Weekly report calls water rescue "media circus" | Crime
(Updated 12:36 p.m.) - About two weeks ago, Spokane fire crews rescued an unknown man from the Spokane River where it flows through Riverfront Park. Spokane Police today confirmed the January 13th incident as an attempted suicide. The man was found just after noon and pulled to safety. He was in the cold water for about thirty minutes, maybe more. He was transported to the hospital and treated for hypothermia.
The most recent AIM report released by Spokane Police Department says the following about the incident:
Officers responded with SFD to Riverfront Park where a male was hooked mid-river on a rope and was significantly hypothermic and non-responsive. In the ensuing media circus, the male was rescued by boat, warmed up at the hospital, and booked for his outstanding Assault/DV warrant.
At the time of the incident, fire crews said the man was not being chased by law enforcement. Spokane Police also confirmed that he was booked into jail for the warrant once he was released from the hospital.
Online Document: Read the weekly AIM Report for January 8th to the 14th.