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Stranded kayaker rescued
Found near Settles Bridge
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Forsyth County News


The Forsyth County Fire Department rescued a stranded kayaker from the Chattahoochee River on Monday afternoon.

The woman, whose name has not been released, was thrown from her kayak and got stuck near Settles Bridge, according to Fire Division Chief Jason Shivers.

The Forsyth County Swift Water Rescue Team found her there about 1:30 p.m., Shivers said, and took her to nearby Chattahoochee Pointe Park. The woman, who was not injured, has since been reunited with her family.

“She was fine, just very cold,” Shivers said. “She was brought to shore, given a brief evaluation and refused any further treatment, so she’s in fine shape.”

The woman had been kayaking with a friend on the river when the incident occurred, but the friend was able to continue downstream in her kayak to Chattahoochee Pointe.

Friends and family tried unsuccessfully to find her before calling 911 about 12:45 p.m.

Three Forsyth fire stations, including the swift rescue team, as well as the Gwinnett County Fire Department, participated in the search.

“[Gwinnett was] working their way south to north, we were working north to south,” Shivers said. “We put in at lower pool and worked our way south to her.”


Staff writer Alyssa LaRenzie contributed to this report.