Gwinnett County officials practice water rescues - CBS46 News

Gwinnett County officials practice water rescues

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GWINNETT COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

The Gwinnett County Fire Department's water rescue teams simulated rescue attempts on Monday on the Chattahoochee River.

"What we've done is we've simulated a victim on the far bank … we used swimmers to get ropes across. We rigged a high line and we brought a victim back across," said Lt. Jameson. Matthew Jameson with the Gwinnett County Fire Department.

Jameson said with the season change people are taking to the water.

"Even though it's warm outside, the water temperature is cold. If you spend any time in the water, even with wet suits and dry suits on, you're fighting hypothermia," said Jameson.

He said they generally have 10 to 15 minutes to rescue a person before they succumb to hypothermia.

"We have more and more people using the river. We have more and more instances of people having problems either people getting stranded on rocks [or] fishermen getting in trouble [or] rafters flipping their boats," said Jameson.

Anyone planning a visit to the water should wear a life jacket. Jameson said you should call the Corps of Engineers at 770-945-1466 to check water levels and speeds.

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