UPDATE: KCSO identifies body recovered from Kern River in June

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Man went into water after juvenile, who was pulled from the river

UPDATE (Sept. 8): KCSO has identified the body as 36-year-old Los Angeles man Marvin Leonel Sequen Sicajau. The department said the cause of death is accidental drowning.


UPDATE: The Kern County Sheriff’s Office said its Search and Rescue team recovered the body of a man from the Kern River on Tuesday night.

The department said the body was found at around 7 p.m. in the upper Richbar area. Search and Rescue had been looking for a man who got lost in the river on Sunday after he went in to rescue a juvenile.


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Search and rescue teams are looking a man who got lost Sunday afternoon in the Kern River after he went in trying to rescue a juvenile, the sheriff’s office said.

The sheriff’s office said they were flagged down at around 2:15 p.m. for a report of a juvenile who went into the Kern River. Deputies learned a man went in after the juvenile about a mile from the Upper Richbar Picnic Area near Highway 178.

Officials said the juvenile was safe and out of the water, but water swept the man away and search and rescue crews began their search.

Kern County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Zach Bittle said the search area is a really dangerous one with rapid water flowing.

Bittle advised people visiting the area to avoid entering the water without a life jacket. “Some areas are very calm on the surface, what’s going on underneath the surface is completely different. It’s very, very dangerous,” he said.

It was unclear how long rescue crews would continue their search for the man Sunday evening.

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