Two men rescued after being lost on the Ocmulgee River in Dodge County

EASTMAN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Two Dodge County men were rescued from the Ocmulgee River Tuesday.  Christopher Hightower, 21, and Donald Shefield, 40, went missing Monday around 5:30 p.m. in Eastman.

The massive search for the men began Tuesday around 8:00 a.m.  More than 15 Department of Natural Resources officers and volunteers used their boats to search various areas along the river.  Nearly 20 additional people made up of Dodge County Sheriff’s deputies and more volunteers searched the swamp and roadways.  A Georgia State Patrol helicopter also searched by air trying to locate the men.

Department of Natural Resources agents located the men by yelling out their names as they searched.  The men were found around 1:00 p.m. near Abbeville floating on debris in the swamp.  Their boat capsized during the night and the men managed to stay afloat for more than 10 hours until they were rescued.

Hightower, a volunteer firefighter had to be hospitalized, because he is a diabetic and went without his medication for hours.  Shefield is recuperating at home.

We’re told Hightower’s black Labrador retriever remained with him throughout the entire ordeal.

Categories: Dodge County, Local News

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