Man drowns in Spokane River


Last updated 7/6/2023 at 9:15am

COEUR D’ALENE, ID — A Spokane Valley man drowned near North Idaho College Beach on Saturday July 1 according to reports.

According to a press release from the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office, Ismail Bilmece, 35, was swimming in the Spokane River and went underwater.

The sheriff’s office said a marine deputy quickly found Bilmece, and first responders attempted life saving measures when he was on land.

Bilmece was taken to Kootenai Health, where he was pronounced dead.


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