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Idaho man drowns in Spokane River

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POST FALLS, Idaho (AP) _ The Kootenai County sheriff's office
says a 43-year-old Post Falls man drowned while snorkeling in the
Spokane River.
The sheriff's office says Wayne Pennington Jr. was swimming by
himself on Thursday morning near the Corbin Park boat launch when
he ran into trouble. Twenty-year-old Lance Carpenter, who was in
the park's parking lot, heard Pennington's cry for help and jumped
in, swimming across the river to try to save him.
But Carpenter couldn't make it to Pennington, who was caught in
the currents. Emergency personnel pulled Pennington's body from the
river nearly a mile away.
Kootenai County sheriff's Major Ben Wolfinger says the river is
very dangerous to swimmers and boaters below the Post Falls dam. He says they should stay away until the dam is closed for the season.


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