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Crews recover man's body out of Kern River Saturday evening, victim identified

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Posted at 8:28 PM, Jul 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-10 23:11:16-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A man has died after being swept away by currents in the Kern River Saturday afternoon.

KCSO has confirmed the victim as 34-year-old Vagarshak Hovsepyan.

Hovsepyan was observed entering the Kern River at the Hobo Campground where he was swept away by the current. He was located at the above location. A postmortem examination was performed and his cause of death was Drowning and manner was Accident.

Kern County park rangers, search and rescue, and fire department teams assisted in the effort, which started near Miracle Hot Springs.

A short time later, a KCFD helicopter located Hovsepyan downriver, according to KCSO.

He was pronounced dead on scene.

Shortly before 7 p.m., crews responded to another possible rescue mission at Hart Park, where a man was swept away by currents.

In this incident, the man, who was wearing a life vest, was eventually able to make his way out of the water, KCSO confirms.