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DNR: Group escaped 'hazardous' trip on river
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A man and three juveniles escaped a "hazardous" situation when they were rescued from the Ocmulgee River Monday night.

That's according to Sgt. Tony Fox of the state Department of Natural Resources.

He said the group put their boat into the Ocmulgee around 3 p.m. near Bondsview Road in south Bibb County.

They included a man, who Fox said was in his 30s, a 10-year-old girl, a 15-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl.

They traveled about 2 miles upstream before the flooding river swamped their boat, Fox said.

The group made their way to a dry spot of land by the side of the river, he said.

But with the river rising and the fast current carrying trees and other debris downstream, he said, the group faced a "hazardous, hazardous" situation. He said the group would have been caught by the rising river again within about an hour.

The man contacted authorities, who rescued the group around 10 p.m. They were examined at a local hospital but were not injured, Fox said.

He identified the man as Donald H. Wilson of Alfred Bond Drive in Twiggs County. He declined to name the three juveniles, but said three of the four members of the group were of the same family.

He wasn't sure why they were in the river or where they were headed. He said the man did not have fishing equipment in the boat but did have a gun.

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