By Amanda C. Coyne, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 30, 2018
Four men were rescued from a rock in the Chattahoochee River on Saturday after rising waters and strong currents prevented them from returning to shore, Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services said.
The men were fishing in the river near Bowman’s Island in Buford, according to a department release.
Around 7 p.m., the men realized they would not be able to safely leave the rock from which they had been fishing due to rough waters. A rescue crew was dispatched and arrived at 7:08 p.m.
The first crew to arrive was not able to get close enough to the men to communicate or rescue them from shore, the release said. The Swiftwater Rescue Team, a special unit that performs water rescues by boat, was called to assist.
The Swiftwater Rescue Team reached the men and transported them to shore at Lower Pool Park. None of the four men were injured, the department said.