Officials offer warning after bodies found in Kern canals


It is not what you would expect to find on a fishing trip.

Fishermen discovered a woman's body floating in a canal in northeast Bakersfield on Thursday evening.

It is the third body to be pulled from a canal in a week.

"There are a lot of the waterways that flow in and around Bakersfield ... so it is a likelihood that that body of water would feed from the Kern River," said Bakersfield Fire Department Battalion Chief John Frando.

Tuesday, a man's body was recovered from a canal at the park at Mill Creek.

On Monday, a body was found in a canal in Arvin off of East Bear Mountain Boulevard.

Sheriff's deputies located another body in a canal near Driver Road and Dresser Avenue northeast of Shafter.

"As far as red flags go, anytime you start to see an influx of human bodies come washed up in a canal, that is something to bring concern," Frando said. "It has been very hot. Temperatures have been over a hundred degrees. Often, people want to get in the water, because it can cool them off. (But) it can be dangerous even in canal ways, you can very easily sink and drown," said Frando.

Officials say the bodies could come from people drowning in the Kern River or in the canals themselves.

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