California River Claims Another Camper

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July 11, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Efforts to save a Los Angeles man who was swept into the Kern River Saturday afternoon (July 10) while playing volleyball at the Upper Richbar Campground failed, the Bakersfield Californian reported.

Hector Salinas, 29, was pronounced dead at Kern Medical Center just after 6 p.m. Saturday.

According to Kern County Sheriff's Department reports, Salinas was recreating in the river with several friends when he went to retrieve a volleyball that had gotten away from the group he was carried underwater and down the river.

Sheriff's Search and Rescue crews were call in to search for him.

But individuals from another public safety agency located Salinas and began first aid and CPR, according to Sheriff's Lt. Bart Camps.

Salinas was airlifted to Kern Medical Center but was declared dead on arrival at the county hospital.

And Search and Rescue teams spent most of Sunday searching for a man who disappeared after going fishing in the Kern River near Live Oak Campground early that morning.

The unidentified man had not been located as of Sunday evening.

Several other drownings have occurred in the swollen river earlier this summer.

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