BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) – Authorities provided a grim annual reminder of just how dangerous the Kern River can be when they updated the death-toll signs Friday at the mouth of the canyon.
The signs – one in English, the other in Spanish – can be seen off Highway 178 and are meant to dissuade people from entering the rushing water.
The signs keep an updated tally of river deaths since 1968.
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The Sheriff’s Office said 15 people lost their lives last year in the river, tying a record set in 1985.
The updated total: 294 lives lost.