One man rescued, one missing after boat overturns

Photo by Jason Braverman

Photo by Jason Braverman

SUWANEE -- One man is missing and another is in the hospital after their boat apparently capsized on the Chattahoochee River, Gwinnett Fire officials said.

Rescuers were dispatched shortly before noon Sunday to a part of the river just south of McGinnis Ferry Road in Suwanee, according to a news release. The two men were in a small aluminum John Boat and were not wearing life jackets, a witness told authorities.

Another boater on the river spotted the two men in the water and attempted to rescue them. The boater reached one man who was in the middle of the river and pulled him into his boat but was unable to reach the second man, officials said. The second man was clinging to the capsized boat and pulled under along with the craft, according to the witness.

Teams from Gwinnett County Fire, Forsyth County Fire, Johns Creek Fire and the Department of Natural Resources initiated a search in the afternoon. The search focused on an area between McGinnis Ferry Road and Medlock Bridge Road.

The rescued boater was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center in Duluth. He was conscious, alert, and breathing, and showed signs of hypothermia. He had no obvious injuries and his condition was not life-threatening.

The missing man was described by officials as in his late 50s. Firefighters have been in contact with the man's wife but are not releasing his name, according to a release.

The search was terminated at about 6 p.m. and the scene was turned over to DNR officials. DNR will be back out at the river Monday morning. The operation has changed from a search and rescue phase to a search and recovery phase.

Authorities said they will develop a plan of action Monday morning.