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Posted on: October 13, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Right Place, Right Time! - Drive Rescue Training Turns into Real Life Rescue near Boulder Beach


Right Place, Right Time! - Drive Rescue Training Turns into Real Life Rescue near Boulder Beach 


Spokane County Sheriff’s Emergency Operations Team members and other trainees attending Dive Rescue training presented by Dive Rescue International found themselves involved in a real-life rescue yesterday afternoon on the Spokane River near Boulder Beach.  The adult female victim, suffering what appeared to be a mental health crisis, was rescued by a Good Samaritan in a boat and three Spokane County Emergency Operations Team Divers.  Once out of the water, Spokane County Fire District 9 provided medical attention, and she was transported to receive additional services.   


On October 12, 2022, at approximately 11:00 am, Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Operations Team members, Boise City Fire, and Seattle City Fire first responders were attending Dive Rescue 2 training.  The class is hosted by the Sheriff’s Office and presented by Dive Rescue International, well-known as the leader in training/preparing public safety professionals and first responders for aquatic incidents of all types.  (Dive Rescue International Instructor Jeff Morgan) 


While standing on the shore, Deputy Thad Schultz noticed the woman in the water and alerted others she appeared to be in distress.  Deputy Travis Pendell, Deputy Stefan Moore, and Dive Team Volunteer Jake Polson donned their swift water rescue gear, immediately entering the water to assist the victim, who had now made it to the center of the river.    


A Good Samaritan, boating nearby, heard the commotion and responded to assist.  The victim appeared very tired and had her face underwater, but she was still floating.   Deputy Pendell made it to her first and began holding her up while offering words of encouragement.  She struggled slightly and would not put on the extra life jacket Deputy Pendell brought with him.  She appeared delusional as she was assisted from the water and onto the boat.  The victim was placed in protective custody, and the Good Samaritan delivered her to shore.   


Spokane County Fire District 9 provided medical treatment, and AMR transported her to get the additional treatment she needed.  


We thank the Good Samaritan for his assistance during this emergency, and this is another example of good people working with first responders to keep others in our community safe.  


For more information regarding Dive Rescue International and the training offered, please visit their website at


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