Exclusive: Tubers stranded on the Flint River rescued

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - Three people are recovering after a quite an ordeal.

Rescue crews spent hours overnight looking for two of them out on the Flint River in Madison County after the third was able to call for help.

The Flint River is a popular spot for people to canoe, kayak, or jump in an inner tube and float down the river.

Three adults decided to tube the river Sunday afternoon.

They were apparently not prepared for it to get dark so quickly.  All three people made it to the river bank.  Authorities say one person decided to start hiking in the pitch black to get help.  He made it to a home on Everett Road around 11:00 p.m. and called authorities.

Volunteer firefighters from Central and Mooresmill responded with boats.  Crews spent almost three hours searching for the two stranded tubers.  They found them a little more than a mile north of Ryland Pike.  They were taken to a waiting car and brought back to the command post.  The group then left the area in their own car.

Rescue crews advise to always plan ahead, especially when heading out on the water.  They say to make sure you're wearing a life vest and always let someone know when you are going on and when you plan to get off the water.



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