One dead, 2 more missing in river

By Ashley Fike
Kern Valley Sun

Photos by Ruthann Smith / Special to the Sun
Top, a man is rescued out of the turbulent waters of the Kern River outside of Kernville on Thursday, July 4. Bottom, the Kern County Fire Department hoists a swimmer out of the water at Keysville on July 4.

Photos by Ruthann Smith / Special to the Sun
Top, an emergency response pictured at Rabbit Island, where an Onyx woman was found dead. Bottom, a successful rescue effort by Kern Valley Search and Rescue at Richbar.

The work for Kern County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue is still pouring in as more emergency calls come in for subjects in the turbulent water.

On Wednesday, July 3, KCSO recovered the body of a male of unknown age from the Kern River near Borel Road at approximately 12:45 p.m. The body was located by a private citizen. An identity will be released pending a notification by the coroner.

At approximately 4:36 p.m. on July 4, Air5 landed near Rabbit Island and gave CPR to a woman who was declared deceased. The woman was later identified as 49 year old Virginia Lee Moglia of Onyx. KCSO reported that Moglia went unresponsive while in the lake, but a cause and manner of death will be released after a postmortem examination.
At 5:46 p.m. on July 4, Search and Rescue was called for three people in the water at Granite Point. One was hoisted to safety by the Kern County Fire Department, one self-rescued, and another is still missing.

At 5:11 p.m. on July 4, KCSO and Park Rangers responded to the Kern River near Lake Ming for a missing 20 year old male. The search is ongoing.

This leaves five missing in the Kern River since the start of June, pending the identification of Wednesday’s recovery.

Kern Valley Search and Rescue was also able to safely recover subjects in the upper Kern and at Keysville on July 4, as well as two subjects from Richbar on Friday, July 5.