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Tulare County joins in search for missing boater

Posted: 8:56 AM, Jun 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-13 13:50:31-04
Search for Missing Boater on Lake Isabella

LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. — (UPDATE 10:45 a.m. June 13, 2019): KCSO Search and Rescue crews will continue searching for the fifth day in hopes of locating the missing boater last seen in Lake Isabella. Tulare County rescue crews are also joining in to help with the search effort.

Rescue crews say during holiday weekends like Fathers Day more families are taking to local waterways to cool off. This all comes as the search continues for a 36-year-old Los Angeles man who authorities say jumped from his boat on Sunday in Lake Isabella to swim to shore and has yet to surface.

The dive team was called out Tuesday and crews have expanded the search around the French Gulch Recreational Area in hopes of locating the man.

"We're trying to find some spots to identify. We found a few things, we sent the divers down to look. But unfortunately we did not find our guy today," said Sgt. Zach Bittle of the Kern County Sheriff's Office.

Rescue crews say during holiday weekends they have crews stationed around different parts of the Kern River so that they are prepared to respond within a moments notice. Rescue crews say wearing personal flotation devices, not consuming alcohol or drugs before entering the water, and also looking to professional guide companies is the safest source of recreation for the river.