Fishing boat flips over on the Chattahoochee River

Boats flips over in the Chattahoochee, 2 rescued

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Columbus fire officials said a 12 foot fishing boat flipped over on the Chattahoochee River Sunday evening around 4 p.m.

Officials say two males were on the boat; an 18-year-old teenager with Down Syndrome and an adult. No divers were sent in, and officials said both men were checked by EMS.  No one was injured.

One ambulance and one fire truck were called out to the scene, but no crews were in the water, according to officials.

Fire officials tell News Leader 9 the men were swept by the currents, and both were pushed down river. The men were fishing, and they had the boat's anchor down.

When the currents became too strong the men were not able to pull the anchor up, which eventually flipped the boat.

Blake Duvall was kayaking on the river when he saw two men drowning.

"People were panicking, so I paddled over to the men. I told them to hold onto my boat, and we were fortunate since they weren't injured," Duvall said.

Edward Yoo quickly came to help Duvall and the two men.

"Currents were pretty strong," Yoo said. "I'm just glad things worked out for the best. I'd hope someone would help me too if I was in that situation."

"I think it's important to be cautious when you are hanging out in the river," Duvall said. "When the currents get strong, you have to be ready for it. If not, it will take you off guard. Always wear your life preservers as well."

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