Practicing whitewater safety

Georgia

COLUMBUS Ga. – Tens of thousands of people visit the Fountain City each year to go kayaking and white water rafting in the Chattahoochee River.

Nathan Arnesen’s love for water is what brings him to the river walk every day.

“I just always been a water person. I love being in the water and I have since I was little and it’s just natural to me,” said Arnesen.

More than 30,000 people visit the Chattahoochee River to kayak or white water raft.

Will Chambliss, the Operations Manager at White Water Express says it’s important to prepare for the unexpected.

“During the spring we saw how big the water can get at the surrounding creeks and rivers because they swell. Making it a dangerous situation to get in and out of,” said Chambliss.

Fort Benning along with Columbus Fire and EMS conducted a swift water rescue, in the event that there is an emergency.

Chambliss said, “Back injuries on our river or something that is serious engrave that needs to be dealt with even faster than we can get to. Drownings you want to stabilize on the river so that you could get them to another location.”

Chambliss urges everyone to wear life vests in the river and to take these safety precautions seriously.

“Please wear protective flotation devices that’s the biggest thing right there. Helmets are very useful and great for children and if you’re going to be engaging in white water activities.”

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