Sandy Springs fire crew rescues man from Chattahoochee

by: Mike Petchenik Updated:

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FULTON COUNTY, Ga. —

A man is recovering in the hospital after Sandy Springs fire crews rescued him from the Chattahoochee River Monday.

Witness Matt Floyd told Channel 2's Mike Petchenik he saw the victim collapse on Island Ford inside the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.

"When I got closer to him I could see he was on the ground, kind of in pain," Floyd told Petchenik.  "I talked to him, realized he'd had an epileptic seizure.  I called 911, called the Forest service and stayed with him, tried to keep him cool, keep him calm."

Floyd said the 911 dispatcher initially didn't know where to send for help, but once Floyd explained their location on the river and after a call to a friend with the Department of Natural Resources, he said crews quickly arrived.

"The patient was kind of out of it. He wasn't too oriented, so they kind of translated to him what we were doing," he said, adding that the man and his friends spoke little English.

Crews were able to help the victim walk to the shore line, where he was placed in a basket and carried up a steep embankment.  Petchenik and his photographer, Justin Crate, were at the scene and captured crews loading the man into an ambulance.

"He should be fine I think," said Floyd.  "I've seen people injured on nature trails, but nothing that required an ambulance before."