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Boaters safe after being separated on Chattahoochee

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A group of boaters that were traveling together said strong currents separated them, causing them to have to call police to be rescued.

Jamene Burgess was in the group and spoke to CBS Atlanta after rescuers helped reunite the boaters after 8 p.m. Saturday.

"We had a rope that was attached to each canoe, but one of the ropes had came off, so we couldn't steer back upstream," Burgess said. "It was easy going downstream but not going back to try to connect to the people we were with."

She said she had one thought on her mind when she was struggling against the current.

"I hope I don't drown because I don't know how to swim," Burgess said.

While Burgess said everyone with which she was traveling had brought their cell phones, most of them didn't have battery power left.

"One had a little bit of charge that we were able to call the police to locate us from our cell phones," Burgess said.

Burgess said other boaters eventually helped her and other stranded boaters back to shore.

"I really want to thank them for taking out the time to help us get to shore, get to safety and to contact our loved ones that we thought we had lost," Burgess said.

Both Cobb County police and fire personnel responded to the scene.

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