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Fire crews use extended holiday as chance for drills

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  One day after an emergency water rescue on the Flint River, river rescue crews were back on the water practicing.

Firefighters had to rescue a man who injured his leg while swinging from a rope on the Flint River near Highway 32 Sunday. Monday, they took advantage of the extended holiday to be on the water during one of the busiest times for boaters. Several of those training were less familiar with the water. Trainers say it's important when you're boating to know where you are so you can direct help if needed.

"The biggest problem we have with water rescues is people get out on the water either they're having a good time or they're not really familiar with the water ways and when they have a problem they really not familiar with where they are and so when we put in we basically just have to go looking for them which was part of the case yesterday," said Albany Fire Department Battalion Chief Kelly Harcrow.

Fire crews also practiced with the devices used to drag the lake bed. Authorities have still not released the name of the man rescued yesterday, but he broke his leg.


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