Emergency crews help rescue man in water in Bryan County

Published: Sep. 29, 2022 at 12:39 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 29, 2022 at 6:51 PM EDT
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BRYAN COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - Rough waters in the Ogeechee River in Bryan County led to a jet skier being stranded on Thursday.

Georgia Department of National Resource crews hustled to get their rescue boat into the water as a United State Coast Guard helicopter worked to locate the jet skier overhead.

Rescuers were able to locate him. They say he was working to secure the jet ski when conditions pushed him out into the water.

DNR crews say he ended up about a mile and half up the river into the Chatham County side of the Ogeechee.

Rescue crews said he was conscious and alert.

“Just definitely very grateful and thankful that we could go help him. Fortunately, there were no injuries. As you can imagine, you get thrown off of a jet ski, the jet ski floats away from you and you’re stuck out there,” Game Warden Tim Morris said.

“He had gotten to a place where he could stand in the water. Once we got up to him, Tim maneuvered the boat over to him and me and the EMS guy were able to help him get in the boat,” Game Warden Cindy Miller said.

DNR crews reminding everyone not to go into the water.

Marina staff have been working to secure boats in the winds. They say they’re especially worried about winds coming from the northeast. They say that’s the direction they have the least natural protection from.

Marina staff are urging everyone to use caution.

“You need to take this serious. It’s not a CAT 1, it’s not a CAT 2 hurricane, but you see these waters out here, you need to be careful, you need to stay off of them,” owner Butch Broome said.