Missing Arroyo Grande man last seen on Kern River
July 12, 2011
Derrick Robert Rush, 28, of Arroyo Grande fell off an inner tube into the Kern River Friday and was not seen again. [Fresno Bee.com]
Tulare County Sheriff’s deputies continued searching for Rush after friends reported not seeing him surface when he fell into the swift-running river, swollen from heavy snowmelt, near the Whiteside campground on the Upper Kern.
Rush was not wearing cold-water gear, a helmet or a lifejacket when he fell into the 50-degree water, according to a sheriff’s spokeswoman.
As the search for Rush continued, a deputy near the Whiteside campground saw another man hurtling down the river, clinging to an inner tube.
Alfredo Reyes, 23, of North Hills was hanging onto a tube that had been tied to shore but went dangerously adrift after the rope snapped. He was not wearing protective gear.
Kern County deputies assisted in pulling Reyes from the water.