UPDATE: Search and rescue suspends search for man lost Saturday in Kern River

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Sheriff's office says search turns to recovery effort

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — County search and rescue teams have suspended a search for man reported lost Saturday afternoon in the Kern River at Hart Park. The search for the man is now considered a recovery effort.

The sheriff’s office received calls of the man lost in the river at around 3:40 p.m. Saturday. Various calls to dispatchers reported the man going under the water and last seen holding onto a tree.

Officials added rescue teams were busy Saturday, receiving calls for multiple people who were stranded along the Kern River. During the search for the man at Hart Park, another person was reported to be in the water nearby, but was able to get out of the water and onto a river bed.

In the Kernville area, two people were stranded on a rock in the river, but were also able to get out of trouble and onto dry land.

Search and rescue officials have urged people to stay out of the river, because of dangerous rushing water underneath the visible surface.

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