KCSO: Person escapes from Kern River after floating away in inner tube

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One person was able to get out of the Kern River alive after she was last seen floating away Friday afternoon.

KCSO officials said deputies were called to the area of Frandy Campground at 11252 Kernville Road at around 1:45 p.m.

KCSO officials said she fell out of an inner tube and floated down the river. The person, only described as “female” by sheriff’s officials, was wearing a vest and helmet and helmet.

She was able to get out of the water before deputies arrived, and did not need medical treatment, according to KCSO.

So far, one person has drowned in the Kern River in 2018. In January, a kayaker was pulled from the water but he later died at a hospital.

2017 was the deadliest year at the Kern River. Fifteen people drowned in the river. 

Next week, Kern County officials will update a sign on Highway 178 at the mouth of the canyon as a reminder to be extremely cautious if you are in the Kern River.

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