Augusta’s water rescue team responds to river, canal distress | The Augusta Chronicle

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Augusta’s water rescue team responds to river, canal distress | The Augusta Chronicle

With a summer of rapid rainfall, storms and a higher, faster Savannah River, the water rescue squad at Fire Station One has been on the go.

“It seems like the 4:30 or 5 o’clock call,” Special Operations Chief Wayne Taylor said. “We’re like, all right, it’s water rescue time.”

Closing the river to boating activity early last month was supposed to keep problems to a minimum, but firefighters said the warnings were often ignored.

So far, the firefighters at the Broad Street and East Boundary station have received 18 calls for assistance and 11 people were rescued from the water. During the same period in 2012, the fire station received 20 calls and made 10 rescues.

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