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Swimmer missing in Chattahoochee found safe
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GWINNETT COUNTY, GA (WXIA) -- The swimmer reported missing in the Chattahoochee River Monday night has been found safe.

City of Johns Creek spokesman Doug Nurse said the 26-year-old man was located early Tuesday at his Gwinnett County home. He was somehow able to get out of the river and walk home at around 4 a.m.

The man was one of five people stranded on an island in the middle of the river. Three men and the group's only woman were able to leave the island Monday night. Nurse said the woman was the only one wearing a life jacket.

Rescue crews from Gwinnett County, Jones Creek and Roswell worked together to find the missing man, whose name has not been released. A search scheduled for 7 a.m. Tuesday was canceled after investigators learned the man was home.

There were some additional issues hampering rescue efforts Monday evening. First, there was a release of water from upstream at about 2 p.m., which makes the water a lot deeper, and moves it a lot faster in the vicinity of the island. In addition, the temperature of the water released from upstream is in the 40-to-50 degree range, according to fire officials -- which makes rescue efforts more difficult.

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