On July 30, 2019, at about 5:53 p.m., Kern County Sheriff’s Office and Bakersfield Fire Department responded to the Kern River in the Lake Ming area for a drowning victim.
45-year-old David Humberto Uceda Velis of Los Angeles was swept underwater in the Kern River. He was located unresponsive and removed from the river. CPR was initiated; however, life-saving measures were unsuccessful.
Velis is the fifth person to die in the Kern River this year. An 11-year-old girl remains missing.