Death-toll signs updated: Another year, another grim reminder of Kern River's dangers

The signs at the mouth of the Kern River Canyon in Kern County, Calif., that warn swimmers by showing the total number of river deaths is updated Friday, May 25, 2018. (KBAK/KBFX photo/Octavio Flores)

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.

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