Three men in a boat had an early morning mishap Sunday on the Chattahoochee River, authorities reported.
Their boat sank, somewhere near the mouth of Columbus' Bull Creek, an area that can be hazardous because of stumps and sediment in the shallows of the Georgia side.
One man made it to the riverbank and walked to the Columbus Water Works' sewage treatment plant off South Lumpkin Road to get help. There about 4:40 a.m., the man ran into Rickey Pearce, who was working security at the plant. He told Pearce he had been fishing with two friends when their boat went down.
The Columbus Fire & Emergency Medical Services Department dispatched rescue crews to get the men, said Robert Futrell, the department's deputy chief for operations. Both were on the riverbank when rescuers arrived, he said.
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"We sent two rescue boats, got both people that were on the boat, and brought them back to the dock where their vehicle was," said Futrell, who was not called to the scene, but checked with firefighters later Sunday to ask about the rescue operation. "The only major thing they said was, the guys were unappreciative that we didn't go back out there and salvage their boat for them."
Futrell did not know where the men had launched the boat, and was unsure what caused it to sink. "Until they get the boat up, they're probably not going to know," he said. None of the men was seriously injured, he said.
Boaters on the river should be careful near Bull Creek, Futrell said: "That is a bad area. There's a sandbar there, and there are a couple of stumps right next to the creek."
Accidents on the river are becoming more frequent as the weather warms and people take to the water. Three weeks ago, two brothers, ages 8 and 9, drowned in the river near the city's sewage treatment plant when they slipped into the current while playing in the shallows off the Chattahoochee Riverwalk.