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Search underway at the Kern River for two missing teenagers

Posted at 11:08 AM, Jun 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-17 12:25:46-04

LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. — Kern County Fire and Search and Rescue crews will be back out at the Kern River looking for the two missing teens who were swept away Sunday morning. Crews were called out just before 11 a.m. Sunday morning near Wofford Heights Boulevard and Keyesville Road.

According to KCFD three people fell in the Kern River. One got out, but a 15-year-old boy and a 19-year-old man are still missing.

Local officials advise individuals to simply stay out of the water due to the dangerous and strong currents.

"There is a large flow of water coming out at the Lake Isabella right now," explained Battalion Chief Jason Schillinger. "And so we've told a lot of folks to just stay out of the river and if you're going to get anywhere near that river make sure you have a life vest."

According to the Kern County Sheriff's Office search efforts were suspended last night as it got darker but they will resume this morning at 8 a.m.