October 5, 2023

Two males went lacking within the Kern River on Saturday, the most recent in a string of disappearances and drownings on that river.

The primary of Saturday’s disappearances was reported round 12:50 p.m. close to Lake Ming Campground, 5 miles east of Bakersfield. A 32-year-old man who had been swimming had reportedly began to wrestle, then went beneath the floor and didn’t emerge, the Kern County Sheriff’s Workplace stated.

Final month, a Los Angeles man additionally disappeared within the river close to Lake Ming. His physique was discovered 4 days later about 15 miles downstream.

On Saturday night, round 5:40 p.m., an emergency name reported {that a} man in his 30s had been swept away within the Kern River close to Sandy Flat Campground, 7 miles downstream from Lake Isabella.  The final sighting of him by search crews was at 6:54 p.m. The search continued on Sunday, the sheriff’s workplace stated.

Because the begin of July, six males have drowned or disappeared within the 50-mile stretch of the Kern River between Kernville and Bakersfield. They’re amongst 36 individuals — 5 of them below age 18 — who’re identified to have died or gone lacking in California rivers since April; this map exhibits the areas of these incidents.