Wednesday, June 02, 2010
A Gwinnett County rescue boat nearly capsized Tuesday evening as firefighters retrieved three stranded fishermen from the Chattahoochee River. The rescue boat hit a submerged rock in the middle of the river near Jones Bridge Park. Firefighters regained control and made it to shore safely. The incident occurred around 7 p.m."This further demonstrates the danger of being out on the river during generation times," Gwinnett Fire Capt. Tommy Rutledge said. "Always check generation times at Buford Dam by contacting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers." The phone number for water-release times is 770-945-1466. Tuesday evening was the third time in a week firefighters conducted a rescue on the river. The fishermen "did not appear to be in any distress but did require assistance getting back to shore in the rising waters," Rutledge said.