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Detective Todd Johnson of Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office Rescue Dive team pulls Gary Mobbs onto his jet ski during their annual Swift Water Rescue Training on the Spokane River at Corbin Park on Wednesday.
In preparation for the unusually high and swift water in the coming months, Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office Rescue Dive Team conducted their annual Swift Water Rescue Training at Corbin Park in Post Falls on Wednesday. The training gave dive team members a chance to practice rescue maneuvers while navigating dangerous conditions and how to stay afloat themselves. Team members wearing wetsuits endured cold and tumultuous water, which they estimated to be slightly above 40 degrees F. Rescues from boats and jetskis were practiced, as well as flipping the jet skies and climbing back on in swift moving water.
While many people entering the water are careful when they can see whitecaps and whirlpools, according to dive instructor Deputy Justin Arts, more rescues occur later in the season, when the dangers, such as boulders beneath the surface, are less visible.
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