Video: Two hikers rescued from fast moving waters in Chattahoochee National Forest

February 20, 2019
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First responders in Walker County rescued two men this morning trapped by the swift moving waters of East Armuchee Creek.

Firefighters with Walker County Fire Rescue and the Georgia Department of Corrections, along with deputies from the Walker County Sheriff’s Office, responded to a call for help at 8:49 a.m. coming from the Chattahoochee National Forest.  Emergency crews arrived to find two men stranded by rising water near Manning Mill Road and East Armchuee Road.

Firefighters set up a high line cable system across the creek and attached to it using a quick release rescue vest. Additional rescuers were positioned upstream to spot debris and downstream in the event a secondary rescue was needed.  Rescuers then pulled the two hikers across the water to safety. No injuries occurred during the rescue, which took about 55 minutes to complete.

The two men had gone hiking Tuesday with the intent of leaving the forest before sundown. They attempted to cross the creek in their truck last night, but deemed it unsafe. Due to spotty cell service in the area, they were unable to call for help until this morning.

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