Columbus firefighters rushed to rescue four Columbus High School students who became stranded on rocks in the Chattahoochee River below the 13th Street bridge when Georgia Power began generating at the North Highlands Dam.
The four said they were shooting photographs on the rocks when the water rose too fast for them to get back to shore. The water rose in about two minutes, they said.
Columbus Fire Chief Terry Herring said the rescue took only five to seven minutes, with firefighters launching their boat about 4:35 p.m. today from a dock behind the Columbus Convention and Trade Center.
An alarm sounds at the North Highlands Dam when the spillways open, but people along the river downtown can't hear it.
Herring said people who become stranded should call 911 and not try to make it back to shore through the rapids.