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Woman rescued after night rafting on Kern River

Posted at 10:37 AM, Jun 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-13 15:09:22-04

A woman was rescued early Monday morning in Kernville after her raft capsized overnight, according to Kern County Fire Officials.

The woman, 33, was with three other adults who went rafting in the river after the sun went down. Their raft flipped over and the woman got stuck on a rock. All four adults were wearing life jackets.

The three other individuals made it to shore, then started a fire to stay warm. The fire got out of control and burned nearby grass and trees. 

Kern County Firefighters got the call around 6 a.m. Monday morning, came out to the river, and used ropes to bring the woman to safety. She was taken to a local hospital and showed signs of hypothermia.

Crews then put out the remains of the small fire, that burned about an eighth of an acre.

Fire officials advise rafters to never get in the river after sundown, saying it's very difficult to see hazards and to recognize the danger of the river.