IN BRIEF: Chattahoochee rescue third in a week

Chattahoochee rescue third in a week

NORCROSS — Rescue crews deployed to the Chattahoochee River near Jones Bridge Park in Norcross on Tuesday to save three fishermen — the third such rescue in a week, officials said.

The three men were fishing in the water when they found themselves unable to get back to shore about 7 p.m., when authorities were called.

Police arrived and requested assistance from the Gwinnett County Swiftwater Rescue Team, who retrieved the men about 7:50 p.m. — but not before their rescue craft nearly capsized, said Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge.

No injuries were reported.

“That’s just how dangerous it can be,” said Rutledge, referring to Buford Dam water generations that periodically cause the river to swell. “You really don’t need to be out on the river — fishing or in a boat — during (water) generation.”

Rescuers pulled three teens from the river last Wednesday in Suwanee, then another stranded teen from rising currents at Jones Bridge Park the following day. No major injuries were reported in either rescue.

“It’s been a busy summer season so far — that’s for sure,” Rutledge said.

For updated information on Buford Dam water releases, call 770-945-1466. Schedules are also available online and on 1610 AM near the dam.

Lightning blamed in Suwanee fire

SUWANEE — Fire officials said lightning was likely the culprit in a Tuesday night fire in the 4200 block of Goldfield Trace in Suwanee.

A neighbor reported a lightning strike at the two-story home about 9 p.m. in the Forest Plantation subdivision. Fire crews found a working fire in the attic, which they brought under control about 30 minutes later, said Rutledge.

No one was home at the time, and no injuries were reported, Rutledge said. Damage to the attic area was significant, he said.

— From staff reports