Washington man in critical condition after near-drowning

Posted at 2:35 PM, Jul 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-03 16:35:04-04

POST FALLS, Idaho (AP) -- Authorities say a Washington man is in critical condition after rescue workers pulled him from the Spokane River Saturday evening.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports 25-year-old Michael Williams of Spokane Valley, Washington was swimming in Q'Emiln (Ka-mee-lin) Park in Post Falls, Idaho when he slipped under the water.

Williams was submerged for about five minutes before others at the park were able to flag down the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office Marine unit for help. A deputy dove into the water and located Williams within a few minutes, and responders began resuscitation efforts as he was taken to the shore.

Emergency workers reported that they were able to restore Williams' pulse several minutes later. He was taken to a Coeur d'Alene hospital, where he remained in critical condition on Sunday.