Pair rescued from river after losing tubing group

DULUTH -- A pair of tubers were rescued from the Chattahoochee River on Wednesday evening after they got separated from their group, officials said.

Members of the Gwinnett County, Forsyth County and Johns Creek fire departments descended upon the river near Abbotts Bridge in Duluth at about 5 p.m., quickly locating four river-goers that had missed the exit point of their tubing trip, Gwinnett County fire spokesman Capt. Tommy Rutledge said.

The two adults and two children had clung to tree limbs not far from Abbotts Bridge.

Two of them were able to paddle themselves to safety, while the other two were picked up by a boat from the Johns Creek swift water rescue team, Rutledge said.

No significant injuries were reported, and the victims were evaluated and released at the scene, Rutledge said.

"We were fortunate today," Rutledge said. "It could have been much worse."