Man pulled from river after boat overturns

by Wes Mayer

alt

Using the department’s Waverunner, Coweta County firefighter Kyle Byrom rescued an unidentified man Wednesday who was holding onto a fallen tree in the Chattahoochee River. 


A man was rescued from the Chattahoochee River Wednesday with help from emergency responders with the Coweta County Fire Department.

Around 2:30 p.m., Squads 2 and 8, Truck 6, Rescue 1 and Cars 1 and 4 with the Coweta County Fire Department responded to the Chattahoochee River in the area of Bob Brewster Road in reference to a person whose boat had overturned on the river, said Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Denney. Marine 1 and Marine 2 Waverunners equipped with life sleds behind them were also dispatched.

According to public safety radio traffic, the man who fell out of the boat was able to eventually grab onto a fallen tree in the water after being carried downriver by the strong current. Denney said when crews arrived, they found the man still hanging onto the tree and stuck in rushing water.

The fire department launched Marine 1, driven by firefighter Kyle Byrom, from the Highway 16 boat ramp, and Byrom was able to make his way to the man, Denney said. Once Byrom was close enough, the man was able to jump onto the life sled, and Byrom transported the man to shore at Highway 16.

The unidentified man was uninjured, Denney said.



More Local

Looking back

Katrina brought outpouring of generosity from Cowetans

It was Labor Day weekend 2005. I was walking through downtown Newnan, as I usually do sometime that weekend, looking at the bargains being o ... Read More


Lots of Labor Day Weekend events in Coweta

There’s a full calendar of Coweta events for Labor Day weekend. There won’t be a Powers’ Crossroads festival this year &nd ... Read More


Turin celebrates 125 years

The town of Turin, located in eastern Coweta County, celebrated its 125th birthday Saturday with many of the town’s residents, family ... Read More


city council

Municipal qualifying starts Monday

Qualifying for municipal races starts Monday. City Council seats in Newnan, Senoia, Moreland, Turin, Sharpsburg and Haralson are up for elec ... Read More


NTH Turns 150

Open house, magazine to mark milestone

Birthdays are fun! The Newnan Times-Herald is celebrating its 150th birthday soon. The first issue of The Newnan Herald was read by Cowetans ... Read More

First artist-in-residence arrives on Tuesday

Scottish painter Peter Tudhope arrives in Newnan on Tuesday – the first artist-in-residence to use the live-in studio space at Gray Co ... Read More