"I actually thought I was going to die today," said Don Paul Josephsen describing the dire predicament he was in the Kern River. But it wasn't his time. After being stuck in brush in swiftly moving water in the river for what he says was 2 hours Josephsen was rescued by River's End rafting guides Ben Juarez and Jon Kephart who were leading a group of rafters on the Kern River east of Lake Ming Monday.