By Tom Roussey
David Garris says his wife warned him a storm was on the way.
But it was too late.
Thursday night Garris took a small inflatable boat out for the first time ever -- and he's thankful, because it could have been the last.
Garris was in the boat on Mountain Island Lake near Highway 16 at the Gaston/Mecklenburg line. He says he started to make his way toward shore after his wife Donna called from Gastonia. She told him there was rain there and it was likely coming toward him.
"She hit me up and told me that it was raining in Gastonia," Garris said. "So I started to head back in, but I couldn't get back in in time."
Garris says the storm hit with a fury. He was suddenly battling wind, rain, and a strong current. He says he nearly tipped over.
Garris was able to use his phone to call for rescue. Fire department crews came out and launched a boat into the lake. They were able to get him back in safely, even saving the boat.
His wife Donna was on the scene and very relieved. "We were basically praying to God and hoping nothing to happened to him," she said.
Both David and Donna say they are extremely grateful to the folks who rescued him. Without them, they're not sure what would have happened.
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