BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A man reported to have gone missing in the Kern River on Saturday was recovered at Hart Park, the Kern County Park Rangers chief said.
Emergency crews were called to River and Elk roads at the river at Hart Park for a report of a possible drowning at around 7 p.m. Witnesses told rescuers a man tried to swim across the river but didn’t make it and was not seen coming out of the water, park ranger chief Shane Denton said.
A man’s body was pulled out of the water just before 8 p.m. about 200 yards from where the swimmer was last seen. Denton said the man was described as possibly being in his early-30s. The Kern County Coroner’s Office will identify the swimmer at a later time.
Officials have stressed to visitors to stay out of the Kern River. The river’s undercurrent is deceptively strong as the visible waters appear calm. Denton said swimmers could also get caught in tree branches and other foliage in the water.
Visitors are advised to not swim in the river, but Denton said, if you must go into the water, wear a life jacket.