Man rescued from Spokane River in Riverfront Park

<p><p>A man was rescued from the Spokane River in Riverfront Park early Monday morning. </p></p><p><p>At about 6:45 a.m. Monday morning Avista employees were getting ready to clear river water intakes when they heard a voice, said Brian Schaeffer, Spokane Fire Chief. </p></p><p><p>The employees found a despondent man in the river a short time later just behind the Ice Ribbon, Schaeffer said. After calling the fire department, they were able to throw a life ring to the man to keep him on the surface of the water, Schaeffer said. </p></p><p><p>Firefighters used a ladder to pull the man out of the river with support from a member of the technical rescue team in the water, Schaeffer said. </p></p><p><p>It was “the quickest and safest method to remove him,” he said.</p></p><p><p>Due to the amount of time he spent in the water, the man was unable to explain to rescuers how he got there, Schaeffer said.</p></p><p><p>The man was hypothermic and taken to the hospital for treatment. His condition was unknown as of 8 a.m.</p></p>