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Swift Water Rescue Team Rescues Stranded Kayaker
By Editor Becky Watts

ZEBULON - Yesterday afternoon around 2:45 p.m. Pike County’s E911 got a call advising that a kayaker needed to be rescued from the river close to the Flat Shoals Bridge. Emergency personnel responded to find 38 year old John “Buddy” Morrison III, from Columbus, stranded in the water in a location that was inaccessible to local rescuers.

Morrison was standing in the water in a marshy area, but he was asked not to move without the help of rescuers because of the possibility of being swept down the river due to the rapids around him.

Local emergency personnel contacted Atlanta Fire Rescue Swift Water Rescue, and their swift water dive team came to Pike County with a ladder truck and a command truck to bring the stranded kayaker to safety.

3 ½ hours later, Morrison was transported to a local hospital for a checkup due to the amount of time he had spent in the water.

The Flint River near Thomaston has received approximately 4 1/2 inches of rain since April 19 with more showers predicted for Thursday.

Pike County Times inquired about cost about the rescue and was advised that Georgia Mutual Aid Group paid for this rescue. The Georgia Mutual Aid Group is a 501c3 non-profit that helps assist local agencies in disaster situations.

You can find out more about Atlanta Fire Rescue by clicking here.

You can find out more about The Georgia Mutual Aid Group by clicking here.

Photos are courtesy of the Pike County Fire Department.