The day after the grand reopening of Amerson River Park, an Atlanta man was reported missing after being separated from friends.
Seth Greene, 21, said he missed the take-out point south of the canoe launch at the park and continued floating downstream.
His friends reported him missing about 4 p.m. Sunday and Macon-Bibb County firefighters launched a rescue boat from the Spring Street landing.
Bibb County deputies got out on the banks at the park, patrolled up Interstate 75 and near the downtown riverwalk looking for Greene, who was floating on a silver and white tube.
Sgt. Scott Chapman borrowed a kayak at the park and started heading downstream, asking others on the river if they had spotted Greene.
Rescuers also spotted two girls downstream on the bank who had also missed the exit and needed assistance.
They were clinging to branches near the bank and were helped off the river by deputies.
Just before 5 p.m., Greene, who didn’t have his cellphone, was found on the bank near the Interstate 16 bridge.
“I just missed getting out when they did,” Greene said.
He borrowed a cellphone and was reunited with his friends at the Spring Street landing shortly before 5 p.m.
“He’s not from around here,” one of them said.
Authorities urge everyone to familiarize themselves with the river exit points before getting on the water.