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Injured man rescued from Flint River

Photo by Barry Levine

Photo by Barry Levine

ALBANY -- Emergency personnel rescued a man from a beach on the Flint River about three miles north of Turner Landing Park about 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

The man suffered a leg injury and was brought by a Albany Fire Department rescue boat to Turner Landing Park. He was placed in an ambulance and taken to an unnamed hospital for treatment.

Emergency personnel did not release the man's name.

The emergency call came about 3:15 p.m., said fire department Battalian Commander A.L. Dyer. The caller was confused and did not accurately describe the location of the injured man, he added.

"We launched the boat at Cromartie Beach Landing," Dyer said. "After we found out where they were we moved north to Turner Landing to save time for the boat on the trip back."

The rescue boat returned from a beach area called "the shoals" south of the GA Hwy. 32 bridge over the Flint, officials said.

While the injured man was on the beach, someone on the beach made a splint for the injured leg, said Roderick McKenzie, a member of the boat's rescue team.

"There were about 12 boats in the area, and 25 people on the beach," McKenzie said. "Someone there got a used boat paddle and used it for a splint."

Georgia Department of Natural Resources personnel and Dougherty County EMS also responded to the emergency call.