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The Associated Press

SPOKANE — One man was rescued from the Spokane River this morning by Spokane Fire Department crews who also searched of a second man who may or may not have been in the water.

The man who was rescued was standing about 20 feet from shore and appeared to be under the influence of drugs. He was taken to a hospital, said fire department spokesman Brian Schaeffer.

The man said a friend also was in the water, so rescuers searched for a short time. No one else was found, and Schaeffer says the report of the second man may not have been credible.

There’s no indication why the man was in the river which is full from recent snow, rain and runoff.

A Fairchild Air Force Base airman, James Adam Ramse-Lassiter, disappeared in the river Saturday when he attempted to canoe at Riverside State Park.