Family rescued off of Savannah River after canoe flips

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News 12 at 11 o'clock / Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013

Water rescue
A family is reunited after a canoe overturned. (WRDW-TV)

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WRDW) -- Angie Swiecki and her family didn't expect to see a raging river.

"It's still too quick, too quick to be on it," she said to News 12's Patrick Price. "We went past all the rapids, we were about to go to the island to dump out and to continue on to the boat launch in North Augusta."

But within minutes, their trip down the Savannah River turned chaotic.

"I turned around and they were all going under," Swiecki said.

Water poured in their canoe and their boat capsized, leaving the family of four struggling to stay afloat, fighting for their lives.

"I couldn't swim anymore," she said.

But she managed to make it ashore. Her family wasn't as lucky.

"When I got out, I just knew I had to find the rest of my family," Swiecki said.

They floated down the river, managing to get out with the help of North Augusta Public Safety.

"Very, very thankful for them; I owe them my life," she said.

She's more thankful for the moment she was with her family again. It's a moment she'll remember for a long time before she gets back on the river.

"We haven't been canoeing in 15 years. We got a canoe today, it might be another 15 years again," she said.

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