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Volunteer dive team performs first rescue
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Mar 06, 2014 | 1025 views | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Equipment received by a FEMA grant for river rescues paid off last week with the rescue of a Juliette man from the inaccessible banks of the Ocmulgee River.

Jones County Emergency Management Director and Fire Chief Don Graham said he was having dinner at Applebee’s in Macon when he received a call from the Sheriff’s Department about a missing child.

He said he received the call at 6:01 p.m. Feb. 27 and immediately activated Jones County’s River Rescue team in Juliette and River North.

Graham said the team members responded to Popes Ferry in Monroe County because no access is available in the area from Jones County.

“The first report was that a boat had sank, but the victim was actually in an inner tube,” he said.

The chief said the victim’s name was Tyler Perkins. He is 21 but has medical issues and did not have his medication with him. Perkins was reported missing by his family Tuesday, Feb. 25, and he had not been seen since Monday morning.

“He was stranded on the Jones County side,” Graham said.

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