Man Missing on Chattooga River

WGOG has learned of an effort to locate a man feared drowned on the Chattooga River. Charlie King of Oconee County Emergency Services says a 911 call was received at 4:40 PM Wednesday reporting a problem on a guided river tour. The call came from a commercial Whitewater rafting company. Officials were able to determine a male had fallen from a raft and was trapped in a rapid. Attempts by tour guides to rescue the man were unsuccessful. King says officials with Emergency Services were working Wednesday night with DNR and U.S. Forest Service Officers to determine the exact location of the incident and develop a “risk-based response”. A command post has been established at the Long Creek Fire Station on U.S. Highway 76. Dick Mangrum will provide the latest details on the story Thursday morning beginning with the 6:30 AM newscast.