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Crews searching for 11-year-old girl that was swept away in Kern River

Posted at 11:06 AM, Jun 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-23 12:28:18-04

Crews now calling their search for an 11-year-old girl "a body recovery" after she was swept away in the Kern River near the Keyesville area Saturday morning.

According to KCSO, around 10:40 a.m. on June 22, deputies were called out ot the Keyesville area of the Kern River for a report of two subjects, a teenage boy and a young girl, in the water.

KCSO says the teenage boy made it out of the river safely, but the 11-year-old girl was swept downstream.

KCSO, KCFD, and Kern Valley Search and Rescue initially responded. At this time, the search is being conducted by KCSO Search and Rescue. KCSO says their search will continue tomorrow morning.

KCSO says two teenagers who went into the Kern River last weekend are still missing. KCSO says the search is still continuing for them.

KCSO Search and Rescue would like to remind the public to use extreme caution when visiting the Kern River. The water is unusually high and fast creating very dangerous conditions for those who are unprepared. KCSO says to use a life jacket and keep a close eye on loved ones.