Walker County emergency responders rescue two hikers trapped by swift, rising creek water [video]

Walker County emergency responders rescue two hikers trapped by swift, rising creek water [video]

February 20th, 2019 by Staff Report in Breaking News

Video provided by Joe Legge, Walker County's public relations director.

First responders in Walker County rescued two men trapped by the swift and rising water of East Armuchee Creek on Wednesday morning.

Firefighters with Walker County Fire Rescue and the Georgia Department of Corrections, along with deputies from the Walker County Sheriff's Office, responded to a call for help about 8:50 a.m. coming from the Chattahoochee National Forest, according to a news release from Joe Legge, public relations director for Walker County.

Emergency crews arrived to find two men stranded by the rising water near Manning Mill Road and East Armchuee Road.

Firefighters set up a high line cable system across the creek and attached to it using a quick release rescue vest. Additional rescuers were positioned upstream to spot debris and downstream in case a secondary rescue was needed. Rescuers then pulled the two hikers across the water to safety, the news release stated.

No injuries occurred during the rescue.

The two men had gone hiking Tuesday and planned to leave the forest before sundown. They tried to cross the creek in their truck Tuesday night but quit when it appeared to be unsafe. They were unable to call for help until this morning because of spotty cell service in the area, according the report.