CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The Chattanooga Fire Department (CFD) confirms a group of fishermen had to be rescued during a fishing trip that took a dangerous turn Saturday evening.
CFD spokesperson Lindsey Rogers says it happened just after 6 PM off Amnicola Highway at the Chickamauga Dam locks.
Rogers says three people were fishing where they shouldn't have been and got caught in the locks when the turbines were on. Their boat was pulled into the locks, trapping the fishermen.
CFD officials had a lock master and TVA turn off the turbines and dispatched a fire boat as a precaution.
Rogers says the water flow was cut off, allowing the fishermen to free themselves.
CFD confirms all three were uninjured.
Battalion Chief Don Bowman says this was his sixth rescue at that location.
CFD recommends that no one venture into areas where it is posted that there are dangerous waters.