SPOKANE, Wash. – The Spokane Fire Department said they rescued one man from the Spokane River on Thursday morning.
Crews arrived at the T.J. Meenach Bridge on North Pettet Drive on a report of a person on the river just after 9:30 a.m. The first crew on scene found a 27-year-old man clinging on to a tree in the swift current.
"He was extremely hypothermic, his body temperature was very very low," said Brian Schaeffer of the Spokane Fire Department.
Officials said the man initially told them he and his wife were involved in a wreck and their car rolled into the river. He was unable to identify the area where the collision occurred and had limited memory of the event, officials said.
Fire crews used kayaks and boats to search for the car, but were unsuccessful. They called off the search because of the river's conditions and because they were getting conflicting information.
While they continued to investigate, the accounts from the male victim varied. Thus far officials said they have not be able to confirm that a wreck happened, but did confirm that the man and his wife were at a local hospital. It is unclear if the man's wife was at the scene with him or not.