Father son rescued from Chattahoochee River in Sandy Springs


SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. - Rescue workers said a family of three was out on the Chattahoochee River when the fathers boat hit some debris and capsized.

Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik arrived at the scene just in time to see emergency workers take the man to the hospital after his kayak capsized on the Chattahoochee River Friday.

“At some point the father and his boat got entangled in some debris, a log or tree on the side of the river, and he turned over,” said Deputy Danny Nable of the Sandy Springs Police Department.

Channel 2’s news chopper spotted rescue boats from Sandy Springs, Roswell and the Department of Natural Resources looking for the man.

"The response was amazing,” said witness Jerry Wilson.

Wilson and his wife found the boater.

"I didn't realize anything serious had happened.  It looked like he might be fishing,” Wilson said. "He seemed to be OK.  He was cold."

Wilson’s wife said. "You just got to thank God that he's fine and his family is not going through more trauma."

Rescuers said this should be a reminder to everyone that the river can be unforgiving.

"You need to be careful if you're gonna be out there and just whatever activity you're going to engage in make sure you're trained and know how to deal with any emergency that might arise,” Nable said.

Crews took the father to Northside Hospital, but they expect he'll be just fine.