A Gwinnett County boy and his dog are back home after the Forsyth County Fire Department’s swift water team rescued them Monday afternoon from the Chattahoochee River.
“Water from the dam was released and rose up and stranded them on a rock in the center of the river,” said Forsyth County Fire Division Chief Jason Shivers.
“We were able to safely retrieve both he and the dog from the precarious position they were in and get them safely to shore near Settles Bridge Park.”
Shivers said neither the boy, 14, nor his German shepherd needed medical attention after the incident, reported about 5 p.m.
However, the same could not be said for one of the rescuers.
“One firefighter from our swift water team was bitten by the dog as they were trying to rescue him in the boat,” Shivers said. “The dog was just scared.
“He was trying to protect his owner and was just doing what was natural to him. No hard feelings at all on anyone’s part.”
Shivers said the firefighter, who was treated for puncture wounds at Northside Hospital-Forsyth, “is fine. He’ll be back to work next shift without any problems.”