An inner tube and a six pack of beer might seem like the perfect combination for a hot summer day on the Kern River, but the combination could be deadly due to the all-time low water levels.
"The water level dropped and the features on the river have become exposed," Darron Nilsson, President of Rivers End Rafting Adventure Company, said.
Experts said features such as exposed rocks and tree limbs will pose new dangers to tubers and rafters without the right protective gear.
"If you don't have a helmet on and you hit a hard object, you're going to run into trouble," Nilsson said.
Doug Ely, lieutenant with the Bakersfield Search and Rescue crew said this is the lowest he's seen the river in 30 years but that doesn't mean it's the safest.
"There's more rocks underneath the water so they can still get their legs caught underneath what they can't see," Ely said.
It is recommended to always wear a life vest and helmet on the river.
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