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Near Drowning on Coeur d’Alene River Sends Two to the Hospital

WALLACE – The Shoshone County Sheriff’s office received reports of a possible dual drowning in the Coeur d’Alene River, near milepost 16 on Saturday. It was reported that two subjects became caught up in a downed tree and were pulled underwater by the current while floating down the river.

The floaters, a 60-year-old female, and an 11-year-old male were quickly rescued from the water by passersby. The female, who was not wearing any safety equipment, was not breathing when she was pulled from the water. Those who pulled her from the water immediately began life-saving measures (CPR). She regained consciousness and was taken by Life Flight to Kootenai Hospital.

The male child, who was wearing a lifejacket never lost consciousness but was obviously shaken by the incident. As a precaution, he was transported by ambulance with his father to the nearest hospital.

The Shoshone County Sheriff reported that the river is very high, moving very quickly, and cold at approximately 46 degrees. He credited the quick actions of those passing by for the positive outcome and reminds everyone to always wear protective gear when on the waterways.