Georgia teens missing after being swept away in swollen creek



Georgia police search for two missing teenagers

The teenagers were swept away by an overflowing stream.

The search for two teenagers who were swept away in a swollen creek in Georgia will resume Sunday, as the authorities said they “hope for a miracle” for finding the pair alive.

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office said the 18-year-olds were reported missing on Friday around 3:45 pm, after one of the men fell from a dam at Barber Creek is located just outside of Athens, and the other teenager went to save him.

The waterway was swollen by runoff from recent heavy rainfall in the area, which left conditions were “extremely dangerous” for rescue workers trying to go in and search for the two teenagers, according to the officials. A woman who witnessed the two get swept away tried to help, but also needed to be saved, the sheriff’s office said.

Authortiies looking for Barber Creek for two missing boys.

(Oconee County Sheriff’s Office)

“In the past, the water was moving at about 3000 cubic feet per second,” the sheriff’s office posted on Facebook. “Normally runs at 200 on average.”

While officials said they would not release the names of the teenagers, until they found, a member of the family identified one of the boys in an interview with FOX5 Atlanta.

Roger Smart said his grandson, Robert “Bryant” Wade was walking along the dam with water to an inch from the edge and fell in, possibly as a result of the rising water. The second teen tried to run after him, but Smart said the current was just too strong.

“Bryant was a good, strong man and this is a testimony of how strong the river is. People, this is real, this is really really…and these children need to pay attention to this,” he told FOX5.


On Saturday, the Sheriff’s Office shared a video of the situation on the dam with the water a little lower than Friday.

“We hope for a miracle, but we understand the reality,” the sheriff’s office said.

Rescue workers have used infrared cameras and dogs to search for the teenagers. The water level decreased enough by Saturday for the authorities to remain a side-by-side walkdown of the Barber Creek in photos posted on Facebook.

Rescue workers walk down, Barber Creek, in the hope of finding two teenage boys were swept away on Friday.

(Oconee County Sheriff’s Office)

In another post, the sheriff’s office showed divers searching in the water for the teens, which could not take place earlier as a result of a high water level.

The Oconee County Fire department, and various units of Clarke County are assisting deputies with the search efforts.

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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