There now are three people missing in the Kern River following more incidents over the weekend of people entering the dangerous waters, the Sheriff’s Office said Sunday evening.

In the most recent incident, officials from several public safety and parks agencies responded to Hart Park at about 2 p.m. Sunday to a report of people in distress in the river, according to a news release.

One man was rescued from the north side of the river and another went underwater and was not seen afterward. The missing person is a 21-year- old man from Bakersfield, the sheriff’s news release said.

KCSO Search and Rescue conducted two searches of the river but couldn’t find the man.

A 27-year-old Hispanic man went missing Saturday in the Kern River near the Sandy Flat Campground, the Sheriff’s Office said.

He was one of two swimmers who Search and Rescue heard were in distress at about 3:07 p.m. It rescued one of the two but couldn’t find his nephew, authorities said.

Meanwhile, a drowning victim’s body has been found.

At about 9:58 a.m. Saturday, Search and Rescue discovered the body of an adult male in the river, a mile downstream from the Sandy Flat Campground.

The identity of the body had not yet been confirmed Sunday morning, but Search and Rescue was searching for a man who went missing in the river from the campground on July 4.

And in other river-related news, Kern Search and Rescue helped rescue a man who was clinging to brush in the middle of the Kern River near the Limestone Campground in Tulare County. 

The man was uninjured and declined medical aid, according to an agency news release. 

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Yep, the Sheriff doesn't have the resources to hand out tickets by making it illegal to swim in the river, but they can afford a dozen guys and a helicopter to fish out victims every 3 days or so. That's Kern County thinking alright.


Many search and rescue are volunteers. They might even accept your help.


Instead of posting a stupid comment, you should educate yourself. Specifically, educate yourself about the hard fact the sheriff can't enforce laws which don't exists. You should change your screen name to Neverthink, but I guess Nevermind is close enough.

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