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FULTON COUNTY - Gwinnett emergency responders helped rescue three teenage boys left stranded on a rock when the Chattahoochee River surged Tuesday night, an official said.

The boys - ages 15, 16 and 17 - were marooned on a rock in the middle of the river near Statebridge Road in Fulton County. Officials requested aid from the Gwinnett County Fire Department Swiftwater Rescue Team, who pulled the boys to safety at 10:14 p.m., an official said.

"The boys couldn't swim back to the banks of the river and required rescue by boat," Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge said.

Paramedics evaluated the boys at the scene for minor complaints of injuries, but opted not to transport them for hospital care, Rutledge said.

Rutledge said the river's sudden rise could have been triggered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer's regular release of Lake Lanier waters at Buford Dam. More than 600 millions gallons of water are released from the dam daily.