Columbus Fire and EMS caution public of Chattahoochee River following rescue

Columbus Fire and EMS caution public of Chattahoochee River following rescue

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - It was perfect timing for the April 13 Swift Water Rescue Exercise as it came in handy to rescue a teenage girl stranded in the Chattahoochee River.

Columbus Fire and EMS is saying those who expect to come out the RiverWalk should take extra safety precautions. 

On Thursday, April 13, a nearby kayaker and Columbus Fire and EMS rescued a 17-year-old girl near the Bibb City water dam.

The teen was on the rocks with no life jacket while taking pictures at the RiverWalk.

Sergeant Clayton Moore, one of the divers for the department, says people should take more safety precautions and think before taking a step into the Chattahoochee River.

"It's just important for people in the community to realize that it is illegal to be near the rocks and in the water without a life vest," says Moore.

Another Columbus Fire and EMS Diver, sergeant Chase Kinsman, says the river rises every day around
three in the afternoon and sirens go off to let people know.  

"The current gets faster and it's just more dangerous, you know a lot of those things are preventable," says Kinsman.

Columbus Fire and EMS says the teen girl nearly fell into the river but luckily she didn't thanks to useful skills learned from Swift Water Rescue exercise. 

Fire and EMS crews fear something like this could become a reoccurring issue during the spring and summer months, but they say not to worry.

They are ready to take on any rescue in the Chattahoochee River. 

Columbus Fire and EMS is fully equipped with 11 boats and vessels that will be able to assist in a rescue if needed. 

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