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County supervisors approve river-warning signs for parks

FILE -- Kern County search-and-rescue crews continue their search Sunday, April 16, 2017, for a rafter who got swept away in the Kern River near Hart Park in Bakersfield, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

The Kern County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved the placement of 18 signs around Hart Park and Lake Ming that will warn people against getting into the Kern River.

Ryan Alsop, the county administrative officer, came up with the signs in response to a deadly year for the river.

With the wet winter and strong currents this summer, 13 people have lost their lives in the Kern River. One other person is unaccounted for after being swept away.

"We may not save every life," he previously told Eyewitness News. "People are going to make unwise decisions. But if we can save even one, that would be great, and I'm hoping to do that with this."

Alsop said the 18 signs should cost just under $5,000 and can go up within the next few weeks.

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