SOUTH FORSYTH — Forsyth County emergency personnel responded to a reported boating incident Friday afternoon on the Chattahoochee River that led to momentary confusion and ended in the best way possible — with everyone safe.
A resident apparently called 911 after seeing a canoe flip over near the Grand Cascades subdivision, south of Highway 20. However, unbeknownst to the caller, the two teenagers swam safely to shore.
“As soon as fire and sheriff’s office deputies arrived, they quickly determined that all parties were safe,” said Robin Regan, a spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.
He said while anyone calling 911 should do so as soon as they perceive a threat, “this was the best outcome.”
A helicopter was dispatched to search the area, though it was canceled a short time later.
The incident was a reminder, authorities said, for river-goers to use caution, particularly with the weather warming but the water temperature still chilly.
Anyone on the water, whether boating, canoeing or swimming, is reminded to wear life vests and take any safety precautions.
They also should remember that water levels on the Chattahoochee may fluctuate during the day due to releases from Buford Dam.
Authorities have said that the water can get as deep as 20 feet in some places after a release. And in certain spots, the current will go from a relatively gentle river to a raging torrent.