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Hunting trip becomes search and rescue in Bleckley County

A father-son hunting trip turned into a search and rescue after the Ocmulgee River quickly rose and trapped them.

Bleckley County EMA Director Mike Smith says a 911 call came in around 8 p.m. Thursday night from a man who said he and his son were hunting in the Ocmulgee Wildlife Management Area but they were unable to get out because the river was rising.

Smith says two rangers with the Department of Natural Resources and members of the Cochran-Bleckley Search and Rescue joined forces to rescue the man and his son.

The team took a boat and headed to the area the man said he and his were stranded.

They found them both safe, sitting on top of the cab of the pick-up truck they had driven into the woods. Waters from the Ocmulgee were up to the headlights by the time they were rescued.

Both father and son were cold and wet, but fine.

Smith says it's a reminder to be careful before you go out into the woods. Always check the weather forecast and the river level forecast when planning a trip.

Click here for hunting safety tips from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


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