Search & Rescue looking for body of swimmer in Kern River

Last seen Sunday evening

BAKERSFIELD - A swimmer is reported to be missing in the Kern River, according to the Kern County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff’s office personnel were notified of a missing person last seen swimming in the Kern River Canyon at about 7:45 p.m. Sunday.

Officials believe he is still in the water but due to the speed of the river and location, the search has switched to a recovery. 

The person was reportedly seen just east of call box two.

The Bakersfield Volunteer Search and Rescue Unit along with the Kern County Sheriff’s Air Support Unit were notified and responded to the area.

A strenuous search was performed and the subject was not located Sunday night. The search was later suspended due to darkness.

The swimmer was from Kern County.

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