BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Kern County Sheriff's Office emergency crews responded to reports of a drowning in the Kern River Canyon approximately half a mile inside the western end of the canyon Thursday afternoon.
The call came out just before 2:30 p.m.
Bakersfield Fire Department said three kayakers, two men and a woman, were rescued. One of those men died at the hospital.
The man has been identified as 27-year-old Seth Smith of Kernville. KCSO says Smith fell from his kayak and went underwater before being found about half a mile south of the mouth of the canyon.
Officials said the other two victims are fine.
BFD said a person did CPR on the patient for about 45 minutes before crews could get across the river to them.
Officials from KCSO, BFD, and the Kern County Fire Department all assisted on the rescue.