Man found near Flint River after search

Man found near Flint River after search
Police found the man shortly after 10 a.m. (Source: WALB)
Police found the man shortly after 10 a.m. (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany Fire Rescue got a call from Dougherty County Police around 8:20 about a man who they thought might have been stranded in the Flint River.

About 10:00, word came that the 30-year-old man had been found safe. He had been in the Flint area since Monday, when he got lost.

The man, who suffered a traumatic brain injury years ago, was out on his bike and became disoriented.

"It's never a good idea to spend so much time in the woods like that," said Dougherty County Police Captain Jason Hagar. "It's dangerous with all of the snakes and alligators."

With the recent weather, teams were worried about the man.

"The ground is really wet, plus the backwater from the river made it rough in there," explained Hagar.

He was examined by EMS, and reunited with his family.

Officials launched a boat on the Flint in an effort to locate him.

DCP patrolled the Radium Springs Road area near Patterson Avenue as well.

Police say GSP and the DNR also helped with resources.

"We're really luck we were able to locate him without being injured or having any problems," said Hagar.

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