Two teenagers were rescued Tuesday night after getting stranded near a waterfall at High Falls State Park, despite signs indicating dangerous conditions on the Towaliga River, Monroe County officials said.
The Monroe County Emergency Management Agency posted on Facebook that a swift water rescue was in progress around 5 p.m. Tuesday.
After two hours of efforts by the Macon-Bibb rescue dive team, the two 17-year-olds were safely back on shore, Monroe County Emergency Management Agency Director Matthew Perry said.
The pair had gone out onto the river against the recommendation of safety signs at the park, Parks official Kim Hatcher said.
Warnings about dangerous river conditions had been posted by the park service and Hatcher said it would have been extremely difficult to miss the signs.
Perry emphasized the importance of obeying posted safety warnings at the parks.
"If you don't obey the safety signs, you're gonna end up having to get rescued by us, or worse, put in a body bag," Perry said.