Campers rescued from rising floodwater, warning issued

Campers rescued from rising floodwater, warning issued

BERRIEN CO., GA (WALB) - The Berrien County Sheriff is sending a warning to residents to stay off the Alapaha River.

"Its not a good time to be camping out on the river," said Sheriff Anthony Heath.

About 11 a.m. on Sunday, four Berrien County campers had to be rescued after they were surrounded by rising floodwaters. A father, his daughter, son, and son's girlfriend hiked downstream and set up camp at the Alapaha River bridge near state Route 135, south of Willacoochee.

A good Samaritan spotted the stranded campers and called law enforcement.

Sergeant Roger Purvis got into a boat with a private citizen. They then located the campers and loaded them up into the boat.

The motor malfunctioned and the Department of Natural Resources was called to rescue all 6 people.

All the passengers returned safely. There were no injuries.

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