Two teens rescued from Chattahoochee River

NORCROSS - Three Gwinnett teens were attempting a paddle boat ride down the Chattahoochee River when two had to be rescued late Tuesday when disorientation set in, officials said.

A Gwinnett police officer spotted two of the stranded teens - a boy and girl, both 16 - about 11:30 p.m. on a sandbar near the Gwinnett-Forsyth county line and Suwanee. The third teen, an 18-year-old man, had made his way to shore and wandered trails to safety, authorities said.

Police reported the two teens in the river had minor cuts and bruising but appeared to be OK. They declined medical assistance.

The roughly five-mile journey began at the end of Settles Bridge Road in Suwanee, the docking point. Planning to paddle to Medlock Bridge Road in Duluth, the teens became lost, and authorities began a search after nightfall at 10 p.m.

Fire departments from three jurisdictions - Gwinnett, Forsyth and Johns Creek - deployed boats alongside police, who searched from land.

Gwinnett County Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge called the teens fortunate to have escaped serious harm.

"The river can be a dangerous place, especially after dark," Rutledge said.