Man pulled from river after boat overturns

by Wes Mayer

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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.



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