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Flint River Rescue successful

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By Len Kiese - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  Three men had to be rescued from the Flint River Tuesday afternoon after the currents got the best of them.

Crews rushed downtown near the Broad Avenue bridge at about 5 o'clock when they got a call that the men were stranded in the middle of the river.

It was a very active scene in downtown Albany and a simple day of fishing is what led to it all.  The three guys were out there all morning.  That's when the river is pretty calm.  By the afternoon, that all changed.

Firefighters found 31-year-old Corey McDonald and 20-year-old Monterio Grant sitting on a rock in the middle of the moving Flint.  29-year-old Michael Mosley was hanging on to a rock after he tried to wade across.  He was rescued by rope.

It took a Fire and Rescue boat to get McDonald and Grant out. Tony Price happened to be in the area Tuesday afternoon and saw everything that led up to this rescue.  He was able to go and get help.

"I was standing out there by the river and one of them called my name. He said he needed help so I ran up here and got someone," said Price.

"Obviously it looks like it is pretty shallow and you can make your way across.  The water can change any minute and I think that's what happened here.  They probably let some water loose at the dam and that caused the water to rise and what initially was a safe environment to wade out, became treacherous for them to come back across," said Albany Fire Chief James Carswell.

Several family members heard about what was going on and rushed downtown. They were thankful that the three men ended up being okay. 

The men were visibly shaken up after the rescue.  Authorities say they should be thankful because the outcome could have been much different.  Many of us remember last summer when an 11-year old boy and a 23-year old man who tried to save him both drowned in the Flint River.

Police say the men will not be charged with anything since they were simply fishing.

 

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