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Monday, Jul 21 2014 09:48 AM

Search continues for man reported possibly drowned in Kern River

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    A Kern County Sheriff helicopter hovers over the Kern River about four miles inside the canyon Sunday looking for a missing swimmer. The body of Alfonso Bajo Tellez, 19, was found Tuesday morning, about 75 yards downstream from where he was last seen.

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    Members of both the Kern County Fire and Sheriff's departments check pools of water in the Kern River about four miles inside the canyon for a missing swimmer Sunday afternoon. The body of Alfonso Bajo Tellez, 19, was found Tuesday morning.

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    A Kern County Sheriff helicopter crew checks the Kern River Sunday about four miles inside the canyon for a swimmer who was reported missing. The body of 19-year-old Alfonso Bajo Tellez was found Tuesday morning, about 75 yards downstream from where he was last seen.

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Rescuers are continuing the search this morning for a man who was apparently swept away in the Kern River late Sunday afternoon.

The man was with a group of friends who were jumping off a rock about 20 to 30 feet above the water, said Kern County sheriff's spokesman Ray Pruitt. Friends told rescuers the man resurfaced and appeared to be unconscious, and they weren't able to get to him before the current carried him away.

The man's name hasn't been released. He's described as Hispanic and 19 years old.

The area where the apparent drowning occurred is about three miles east of the mouth of the Kern River Canyon.

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