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Man Drowns Near Spring Canyon

Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area

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Harrison Fischer, 23, of Spokane, Washington, was swimming with a group of friends at a location known as “Pot Palace” near Spring Canyon on July 25th when he was seen to roll off his tube and into the water.  When he did not resurface, one of the friends began diving in an effort to locate him while the others went for help.  After multiple attempts, Fischer was located and brought to the surface. South District rangers Eric Valen, Bill Fee and Ryan Jaehrling responded to the 911 call by boat from Spring Canyon and began CPR.  Rangers transported Fischer to the Spring Canyon launch ramp, where he was taken by ambulance to Grand Coulee Medical Center.  Efforts to resuscitate him proved unsuccessful.  Deputies from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene.  An investigation is being conducted by the National Park Service and the Grant County Coroner’s Office.  Initial interviews indicate that the victim was huffing from a can of air duster before entering the water, which may have been a contributing factor in this incident.



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